Notes from the Underground

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2015

A five-day field school in Northern Ontario took 12 Saint Mary’s geology students almost three kilometres underground. After touring diamond drill core logging facilities with Vale Canada, students visited an ore smelter and a nickel refinery. They also took part in a surface excursion of the Sudbury Basin, the second-largest known impact crater on Earth. "Seeing mineral deposits and mining operations up close and personal is an invaluable experience for anyone graduating into this
sector of Canadian industry and research,” says field school leader
Dr. Jacob Hanley, a geology professor at Saint Mary’s.

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