May 17, 2020

[PHOTOS] The exotic world of rare minerals and gems

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[PHOTOS] The exotic world of minerals and gems
They may seem like ordinary rocks, but there's nothing ordinary about minerals and gems.As a naturally occuring substance, minerals are solid and in...

They may seem like ordinary rocks, but there's nothing ordinary about minerals and gems. 

As a naturally occuring substance, minerals are solid and inorganic representable by a chemical forumla with an ordered atomic structure. They range in composition from pure elements and simple salts to very complex silicates with thousands of known forms. A gem, or gemstone, is a mineral crystal which his typically cut and polished. According to the International Gem Society, most gems are “minerals that have been chosen for their beauty and durability, then cut and polished for use as human adornment.” 

Thanks to Reddit, we can take a look inside the wonderfully exotic world of rare minerals and gems. 

Related content: [SLIDESHOW] The 5 Deadliest Minerals Ever Mined



Black opal

Burmese Tourmaline

Chrysocolla in Malachite


Luz Opal

Opal Fossil


Pink Rhodochrosite


Rose Quartz Geode

Titanium Quartz

Watermelon Tourmaline

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

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Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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