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Rock and Mineral Drill Bits

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.

These articles dig deep to give you focused information about particular rocks, metals, or minerals.


  • Nickel For Your Thoughts

    The metallic element nickel (Ni), shortened from “Kupfernickel” meaning “Devil's copper,” was discovered in 1751.
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  • We're Golden!

    Bling may be the thing, but did you know that gold can help people live longer, healthier, and more productive lives?
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  • Soapstone - Awash With Posssiblity

    Soapstone – a stone used to make soap? No. In fact, soapstone has nothing to do with soap.
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  • Potash Potential

    With spring and summer come thoughts of growing things, but to get the best out of plants, we must pay attention to the soil.
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  • From Limestone And Marble To Calcium Carbonate

    Calcium carbonate comes from limestone (sedimentary rock) and marble (metamorphic rock) deposits around the world.
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  • Exploring Gypsum Underground

    As a summer student working for Mining Matters, I went to the CGC Inc. gypsum mine and wallboard plant at Hagersville, Ontario for a tour.
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  • Discover The Uses Of Silver

    Many batteries, both rechargeable and disposable, are manufactured using silver alloys as the cathode.
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  • Diamonds In The Snow

    Diamond is a mineral, a natural crystalline substance and is the transparent form of pure carbon.
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  • Follow The Shale To Brick Road

    The rich red shale found in your Mining Matters kit is the primary source of raw material for Ontario’s brick industry.
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  • Salt of the Earth

    Prepare to go underground as I share my fascinating experience in the Ojibway Mine, operated by The Canadian Salt Company.
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  • Palladium - A True Precious Metal

    As one of the platinum group metals, palladium is a silvery-white corrosion-resistant metal.
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