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N.L. College of the North Atlantic introduces drill core technology for mining


July 22, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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Newfoundland – The Newfoundland department of Industry, Energy and Technology recently announced a total contribution of $4.5 million to the College of the North Atlantic to develop advanced drill core imaging technology. The Iron Ore Company of Canada and Agnico Eagle Mines also supported the project.

A mobile Hyperspectral Scanning Unit has been developed, which is currently at the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City conducting its first drill core scans. The HSU produces high-resolution drill core images that will give mining companies a better understanding of a region’s geology.

According to a government news release, the new technology will make drill core logging more accurate, improve exploration processes and increase the potential to discover new, lucrative mineral deposits.

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Mining, mineral exploration and quarrying are important industries for the province, the release said. More than $4 billion in mineral shipments, increasing exploration expenditures, and employment of 7,700 person years are projected for 2021.