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December 7, 2016

Geosoft introduces IP and resistivity inversion in VOXI Earth Modelling

Geosoft has added induced polarization and resistivity data inversion to its VOXI Earth Modelling 3D inversion software service. Geoscientists are now able to create detailed 3D models of conductivity and chargeability from IP and resistivity survey data with VOXI. The resulting models can assist in interpreting and targeting regions for mineral and environmental applications...

December 5, 2016

Mexico's Deepwater Round Exceeds Expectations

Some of the world's biggest oil companies showed up Dec. 5 and agreed to invest on the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico, proving that deepwater exploration still has a pulse despite challenging market conditions...

November 30, 2016

Magnetic inversion results for Ngamiland available for download

A regional-scale geophysical inversion of magnetic field data in the Ngamiland region of northwestern Botswana is now available for download from the Botswana Geoscience Portal, a partnership initiative of the Botswana Geoscience Institute, industry sponsors and Geosoft...

November 30, 2016

LIGO Resumes Search for Gravitational Waves

After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, have turned back on and resumed their search for ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves. LIGO transitioned from their engineering test runs to full science observations at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30...

November 9, 2016

International Volcano Scientists Unite

For the first time, the United States will host the international Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshop, previously held only in Italy. The workshop will take place this month in Vancouver, Washington. It is designed specifically for volcano observatories around the world and their staff to exchange ideas and best practices with each other...

October 4, 2016

USGS Assesses Mineral Potential for Sagebrush Habitats in Six Western States

USGS has completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately 10 million acres of Federal and adjacent lands in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming...

October 3, 2016

Uganda Targets Up to U.S.$100 Million for Mineral Exploration

Uganda is well endowed with mineral resources and, like many naturally-gifted African countries, is becoming keen on ensuring that these resources play a transformative role in its long-term structural transformation dream - the Vision 2040...

September 9, 2016

Small-Scale Fishers Get A Big Boost With First-Of-Its Kind Impact Investment Fund

Conservation organization Rare announces the Meloy Fund for Small-Scale Fisheries at Our Ocean Conference. The Global Environment Facility, one of the largest funders of conservation worldwide, will be investing $6 million into the fund...

September 1, 2016

Scientists take to the skies to track West African pollution

Scientists operating research aircraft over West Africa have detected organic materials in the atmosphere over a number of urban areas, contributing to concerns of the rise in pollution across the region...

August 17, 2016

New IGS Xplore prospectivity maps for Botswana

International Geoscience Services have released a series of base metal prospectivity maps for the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana using free geodata available on the recently-launched Botswana Geoscience Portal, hosted by Geosoft. The maps identify favorable areas for copper, zinc and lead mineralization using geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets downloaded directly from the portal.

August 11, 2016

NexGen Makes New High Grade Discovery

NexGen Energy reported the discovery of a new high grade zone of mineralization 4.7 km northeast of the Arrow Deposit as part of an on-going summer drilling program on its 100% owned, Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

August 10, 2016

Rampion UXO Disposal to Take Place This Week

E.ON has confirmed that the two unexploded devices, detected along the Rampion offshore cable route will be safely disposed this week following the consultation with the Marine Management Organisation...

August 9, 2016

Diamonds In The Rough: E&Ps Find New Reserves In Mature Basins

The oil industry’s history demonstrates clearly that new plays and prospects have long been found in mature basins that were thought to be well on the way to being squeezed dry. Through the acquisition of new data, developing new concepts and coming up with fresh interpretations, long-producing basins around the world from the North Sea to Malaysia have continued to reveal new riches...

August 8, 2016

Northern Shield Identifies High Quality VTEM Targets at Séquoi

Northern Shield Resources announced the results of the interpretation and modelling of the VTEM survey from the Séquoi Property in the Labrador Trough of Quebec . Séquoi is owned 100% by Northern Shield and is being explored for Noril'sk style Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphides. After geophysical modelling and interpretation of the VTEM data from Séquoi, six VTEM anomalies of significant interest have been identified...

August 3, 2016

Rio Tinto tailors big data drive to copper

Rio Tinto will put the weight of an exploration big data push and its newly-formed Growth and Innovation group behind its desire to identify a "tier 1" copper asset. Speaking at the annual Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Growth and Innovation group executive Stephen McIntosh said Australia was "overdue for a tier 1" mineral discovery of any type...

August 1, 2016

Tetra Tech Awarded $200 Million Navy CLEAN Contract

Tetra Tech announced that it has been awarded a $200 million, single-award contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. Through the Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract, Tetra Tech will provide environmental engineering support services to installations within the NAVFAC Atlantic Area of Responsibility...

May 3, 2016

NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS), MODUM Partners announce "Young Scientist Summer School on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons"

This international project cooperates closely with CHEMSEA (Search and Assessment of Chemical Weapons) Project for and sharing and knowledge transfer...

April 12, 2016

Monday mad rush for gold stocks

Renewed optimism about the outlook for gold saw investors pile back into gold stocks, pushing many stock to 52-week highs in heavy volumes...

April 11, 2016

Medgold Resources: Continues to Expand the Boticas Gold Project, Portugal; Proposes $200,000 Private Placement

Medgold Resources is pleased to announce new assay results from contiguous rock-chip sampling from the Limarinho South zone at its Boticas gold project in Portugal, which include a highlight of 6.0m @ 5.7 g/t Au...

April 8, 2016

De-carbonizing our energy sector

Nuclear energy currently provides around 11 percent of the world's electricity. China, the European Union, the United States, India, Russia, South Korea, and other nations’ have major existing fleets...

April 1, 2016

Follow-Up Drilling Results Indicate Wide Gold Zones at Hendricks Gold Discovery

Gascoyne Resources Limited announced that it has received the final assay results from the 10,000 metre aircore exploration drilling programme...

March 26, 2016

The Oil Market Is Finally Hitting Its Breaking Point

After a significant reduction in investments over the past two years, oil companies can no longer overcome the production declines from legacy wells...

March 15, 2016

N-Sea Expands into the French Offshore Wind Industry

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry...

March 9, 2016

PDAC 2016 Convention Exceeds 22,000 Attendees

Optimism and opportunity abounded at the PDAC 2016 Convention of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada in spite of recent industry challenges...

March 3, 2016

6 Alpha Launches EOD Contracting Division

6 Alpha Associates, a specialist risk consultancy practice, with expertise in the assessment and management of unexploded ordnance, has launched a dedicated explosive ordnance disposal division...

Photo Finish

Winners of the Earth Explorer Photo Contest share their views on work life, photography and where they get their inspiration

By Carmi Levy

We asked explorers worldwide to send us their best photos, and received over 150 entries for our three photo contest categories: In the field, Exploration Technology, and Exploration sites and landscapes.

Selecting the winning photos wasn’t easy. As a reflection of the quality of this year’s submissions, we recognized a number of Honorary Mentions and Finalists.

Without exception, all entries reflected a deep appreciation for the beauty and adventure of exploring rugged, often wild and wide open spaces. Carrying a camera to the worksite gave many of our contest winners a chance to capture and remember an experience – breathtaking landscapes, interesting people and moments in time they didn't want to forget.

"Pictures make great memories," says grand prize winner Claudia Rueda Ruiz. "When taking a picture, you capture more than what you see at first. So often I discover details on pictures that I didn't or couldn't see when I shot it."

Capturing the spontaneous spirit of the Yukon

Claudia's winning photo, Exploration team in action, reflects the kind of spontaneous spirit that typifies the Yukon environment where it was captured. She says she didn't follow a formal process to grab the shot. It just happened to work out that way. While having a camera at the ready and taking the time to shoot can be challenging for explorers, Claudia says it's always worth the effort – on the job or off.

"It's not always easy to make the shots just like I want them while I am out doing fieldwork," she says. "Often there is no time or the conditions are not ideal.  But on a nice evening, I like to go for a short hike around camp and take pictures of the scenery, fauna and flora."

It's a sentiment echoed by our other winners, too. Jelle De Bruyckere category winner for In the field: real life earth explorers exploring, says he feels lucky to have the opportunity.

"When I am out on the field, I drag that thing everywhere with me," he says with a laugh. "Sometimes it's a pain, but when I do make that perfect shot, it makes it all worth it. My work as an explorer brings me to places where most people will never go to in their lives. Therefore I feel lucky."

Sharing experiences with family and friends in Belgium

Jelle agrees that photography can freeze time – and shrink distances.

"Pictures keep my memories alive," he says. "Whenever I can, I try to capture unique, inspiring moments in my life on film. When combined with stunning, breathtaking scenery, it makes not only a great picture for me, but also for everyone else who appreciates the beauty of nature."

He adds photography helps him share his experiences with family and friends back in Belgium, which makes his living and working overseas a bit easier on everyone.

The quality of this year's winning photos defies the equipment used to capture some of them. It doesn't always demand high-end equipment.

"To be honest my winning photo was somewhat ironic. I had bought a serious digital SLR and hadn't skimped on the lenses," says Rob Heaslop, who won the Exploration Technology: exploration field projects, technology, and equipment category. "But then I snapped this photo with my small compact digital! Quite a few people enjoyed the photo but enjoyed it more when I told them my cheap camera caught it."

Rob, who says the natural landscape inspires him, says he "greatly enjoys being able to experience many wild and lonely places," and uses his photography to try to "capture different perspectives than what I see with my eyes."

It's a natural fit for the explorer in him.

"Photography and work tie in very well together," he says. "The past two years, I have spent a large portion of my time living in tents or swags in the Pilbara region of Western Australia exploring for Fe ore. The scenery is stunning and so photo opportunities are always there. While I prefer landscape photography, it is interesting to capture human presence within areas of wide openness."

Ready when the right time and place presents itself

For Alaska native Ron Gile, whose photo captured the Exploration sites and landscapes category prize, his photo equipment always comes with him.

"You never know when you will find a new area, and some places are so hard to get into that I never will attempt to go back," he says. "Capturing the area with photography allows me to visit anytime without the struggle."

"We live in a beautiful world and it cannot be experienced through a TV," he adds. "I love being outdoors and ready with my equipment when the right time and place presents itself."

Knowing the right time and place comes easily to Ron, as he's been shooting since he was a teenager.

"Southeast Alaska has some of the most beautiful primeval landscape I have yet to see and I always been in awe of its rugged landscapes," he says. "My dad was a geologist and we were always heading out to look for crystals on some tip from somebody. It was his excuse to get out and share time with us kids.  Photographing the landscape helps me to capture the memories and moments that I have growing up here."

His father's lessons are now being passed on to the next generation, as Ron now heads out, camera in hand, with his own kids.

"It is a great way to spend time with them and pass on values of this world taught to me by my dad," he says. "I have taught them to not be afraid to turn around.  When the obvious focus point is in front of you, turn around and look behind you.  People miss some beautiful landscapes when they are focused on the one thing in front of them."

He adds, with a chuckle, that turning around is also a great way to check that a bear isn't walking up behind you.


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