To address the challenges of a dwindling global supply of energy and mineral resources, Professor Mark Hannington of the University of Ottawa’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has set his sights on the bottom of the ocean.
Renelle Dubosq, a PhD researcher working under the supervision of Prof. David Schneider, spent time at the Max Planck Institut in Düsseldorf to better understand the atomic structure of Fool’s Gold (pyrite). By showing that traces of gold are actually freed during rock deformation — the process of folding, faulting or shearing — her research will help geologists target their mining efforts more effectively. Read the complete article.
Glenn Poirier has produced a new book with a team of mineralogists about the famous Poudrette quarry. At last count, over 434 mineral species have been found at Mont Saint-Hilaire, representing 9% of all known mineral species. Almost half of all known chemical elements are included in this mineral mix. The images capture the colors of Vásárely, the symmetry of Escher, the form of Bartók and the intricate patterns of Mandelbrot, all found here, in this miracle of nature.