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ESRI Canada solicits ArcGIS users each year to submit their work for inclusion in their map calendar. The selected maps illustrate how ArcGIS users across Canada are doing exceptional work that improves our environment, economy, and society through mapping and analytics.           ESRI's 2018 Map Calendar will feature a geology map by the NWT Geological Survey's Geomatics Specialist, Kelly Pierce. The map depicts the detailed geological mapping of 2.6 to 2.7 billion-year-old volcanic rocks in the Sharrie Lake area of the Northwest Territories. This map is one of many excellent peer-...
Find out more about the Northwest Territories Geological Survey at AME Roundup 2018. Beth Fischer, Hendrik Falck, and Landen Powell are at the conference and able to answer questions about the survey's projects and data resources, and the geology of the Northwest Territories.
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey released reports on Carlin-type gold and Mactung tungsten deposit potential. One report details the potential for Carlin-type gold and clastic-dominated zinc-lead deposits in a region of the Northwest Territories' Mackenzie Mountains.   Two additional reports include a review of field observations and geological knowledge at the Mactung Tungsten skarn deposit as well as a bedrock map covering an area of 44 square kilometres surrounding the deposit. Mactung, currently owned by the Government of Northwest Territories, is home to one of the world’...
Official opening of the Geological Materials Storage Facility in September 2017. The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to supporting mineral exploration, and with the grand opening of the new NWT Geological Materials Storage Facility, access to geoscience data is now easier than ever before. The facility houses the largest publically available collection of kimberlites in the world. It will allow analysis of historical core samples to test new mineral exploration ideas at a fraction of the cost of drilling new ones. Managed by the NWT Geological Survey, the facility...
The release of new data on the Slave Geological Province this summer has led to the largest staking rush in the Northwest Territories since 2014. The staking rush has contributed to an increase in claim numbers this year. So far in 2017, there have been 184 claims in the NWT totalling 139,019 hectares. In comparison, a total of 83 claims were staked in 2016 totalling 42,404 hectares. The surge followed the June 22 release of two geophysical reports on the Slave Geological Province by the NWT Geological Survey. During the same timeframe, 45 claim tags were sold and 107 claims maps were...
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has released the strategic plan that will guide its operations through 2022. Building on a vision first set out in 2011, the five-year plan includes changes to reflect the Government of the Northwest Territories’ post-Devolution jurisdiction over NWT lands and resources. The new plan defines the NTGS mission, vision, and values and presents its scientific program under six goals that align with the mandate priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly. As this five-year plan comes into effect, the availability of modern, comprehensive...
Two airborne geophysical surveys will provide additional insight for prospectors and mineral development companies interested in exploration in the Slave Geological Province of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The studies, developed by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), provide detailed airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey data from the promising region. The reports will be released on June 22, 2017 at 8:30am. The new reports are entitled: NWT Open Report 2017-014. Aeromagnetic Survey of the Central Slave Craton Area, NWT, Parts of NTS 75M and 75N. NWT Open...

Jared Tordoff

Jared Tordoff was born in Hay River, NT and attended grades 1 through 12 in Yellowknife, graduating from Sir John Franklin as part of the class of 2015. After completing his first year of a B.Sc. program at McEwan in spring of 2016 he decided to take a year away from school to focus on training for the National Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championships in April of 2017.  Jared won a gold medal in his weight class, securing him a spot on the national team which will be competing in the Amateur World Championships in Bahrain, this November.  In September of 2017, Jared...
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has a number of web applications for discovering, viewing, and downloading geoscience information about the Northwest Territories. More information is available here. Since the Fall of 2014, the NTGS Web Applications and Database Specialist, Maurice Bowen, has been leading an effort to research and develop a suite of replacement applications that employ advanced technologies and are compatible with modern web browsers. These applications will vastly improve performance and will eliminate frustrations that some users have experienced with...
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has begun the process of moving its collection of mineral industry drill core to the new Geological Materials Storage Facility located at 140 Bristol Avenue, Yellowknife. This airport facility consists of an unheated warehouse for storage of drill core and other geological materials, and an adjacent heated space where core and other geological samples can be examined. For many years, the collection of exploration drill core from across the territory has been stored on wooden pallets at the Giant Mine site. As the ground thaws, these pallets...

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