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Fun Fact!

The world's second largest diamond was recently found in Botswana by Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond Corp. It measures 1,111 carats - which is about the size of a tennis ball!

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Mining Matters has reached an estimated 600,000 teachers, students and members of the public since its inception in 1994.

Many articles from Mining Matters’ past newsletters remain relevant to Earth science today. Take a look at the varied selections below.


  • 2010 Connection : The Inuksuk

    Once simply an Inuit tool to mark a significant event or place, the Inuksuk now represents leadership, cooperation, and the human spirit.
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  • Discovering The Niagara Escarpment

    The Bruce Trail is a continuous path system along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory; it has 850 km. of main trails.
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  • Olympic Metals

    Canada’s Teck Cominco Ltd. will be near the heart of every athlete who earns a spot on the podium in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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  • Bruce County Beckons

    Waterfalls, caves, cliffs, and beaches are beautiful geological features found along a drive in southwestern Ontario.
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  • Newfoundland's Johnson Geo Centre

    No matter where you go in Canada, outstanding geological features provide fascinating attractions.
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  • Nuggets Of History

    The magical attraction of gold contributed greatly to the development of Canada.
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  • International Polar Year

    The International Polar Year (IPY) is the largest international research program focused on the polar regions.
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  • Life of A Rockstar

    Long before the Guess Who, the Tragically Hip, or Billy Talent arrived on the scene, Canada had only one successful rock group.
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  • Naturally Yours

    Every year, mining companies in Ontario make significant investments to return former mines to natural environments.
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  • Rock Talks And More

    Teachers of Grades 4, 7, and 9 in the Greater Toronto Area and York Region are invited to take advantage of Rock Talks: a program that enhances the teaching of Earth science units.
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  • Who Needs To Watch "Survivor"?

    A rescue which brought 72 potash miners safely to the surface in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan has been hailed as “a textbook rescue”.
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  • Mining Without Stepping Background

    In the age of digital camera phones and wireless Internet, a revolutionary new technology is taking the mining industry by storm.
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  • Using the Heavens To Move Earth

    Mineral resource providers are turning to space satellites and other 21st century technologies to reshape themselves for a new era.
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  • Deep Time

    Earth’s memory is preserved within the rocks accumulated on its surface, the continental crust.
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  • Minerals & Metals In Your Life

    Minerals and metals are a part of everyday life. They are the original multi-taskers.
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  • Virtual Reality in Mining

    Virtual reality (VR) is not just a hot technology used in video games— it is a high-tech tool.
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  • Aggregates - The Building Blocks Of Our Cities

    Dufferin Aggregates’ Milton Quarry is the largest producing quarry in Canada.
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  • Rockhound Shares Her Passion

    Geography teacher Kathleen Beattie has been a lifelong rockhound, collecting rocks and fossils across Canada and beyond.
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  • Bringing New Life To Old Places

    Turning abandoned aggregate sites into productive landscapes is an important task being driven by the Ontario aggregates industry.
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  • Dazzling Discovery In the Yukon

    While prospecting in the Yukon, field geologist Bill Wengzynowski discovered one of the Earth’s rare treasures—emeralds.
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  • Nickel Giant's Greenest Underground Adventures

    It takes four minutes to travel the length of three CN Towers – not up but straight down –to the heart of one of Inco Ltd.’s oldest mines.
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  • Kingston's Geological Past

    Evidence of life in the Limestone City one billion years ago is now on display thanks to a generous benefactor.
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