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Greg Klein reports that the search for energy minerals such as lithium draws 92 Resources Corp. to the Northwest Territories in Canada with a purchase agreement with 100% interest in Hidden Bay, described as highly prospective for spodumene-bearing lithium pegmatites. The 1,100-hectare property sits about 40 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife, just off Highway 4.

Previous work mapped and sampled the property LU#12 pegmatite over an exposure measuring about 10 meters by 300 meters. Historic, non-43-101 results for 7 samples from surface trenches ranged between 1.37% and 3.01% lithiu... More →
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Catherine Hickson reports that the value of lithium deposits actually depend on the area and whether they are brines or sediment samples. Many high numbers (i.e., greater than 400 ppm) are common in sediment samples from the playas in Nevada. Mostly this is Li that is bound up in hectorite and other types of clay and evaporitic minerals. These types of minerals have proven difficult from an extraction perspective on their King Valley property. These lithium-rich clays do have other uses, such as in drilling applications such as oil wells.

In terms of brines, in Nevada values above ... More →
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Australian potash production has historically been minor, and currently the country does not produce any potash. However, ongoing potash exploration in the nation has led to resources being published for various deposits in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

With that in mind, it is interesting to look at the 12 ASX-listed potash companies that are exploring and developing projects in Australia and other parts of the world. Find out more about them here.
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Greg Klein reports that Belmont Resources plans staking, sampling and drilling for its Nevada lithium prospect following positive results from a gravity survey. Interpretation supports the Kibby Basin property potential to host lithium-bearing brines in a geologic model similar to that ascribed to Clayton Valley. Nevada Clayton Valley hosts U.S. only lithium producer, Albemarle Corp via Silver Peak mine.

Results from Belmont gravity survey were merged with USGS data to examine the Kibby Basin property and region. The gravity results suggest a basin model about 4,000 metes deep and, ... More →
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Chris Berry reports that the deal in which China Molybdenum Co. agreed to pay Freeport McMoRan $2.65 billion for FCX African copper assets reaffirms our view that asset shedding from the FCX project portfolio will continue. FCX, with a $13 Billion market capitalization, made a bad bet in diversifying into the oil business at the cyclical peak and now must reckon with roughly $20 Billion in debt on their balance sheet.

While it is a shame to have to part with such high quality assets, what Berry noticed was the fact that FCX has agreed to negotiate exclusively with China Moly on the... More →
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Ted Arnow (USGS) reports that mining of phosphate ore on Angaur Island by mechanized methods created large watertable lakes, which became filled with brackish or saline water. A hydrologic investigation was started in 1949 to determine whether the saline
water in the lakes would spread to surrounding areas and cause damage to agricultural lands and the water supply.

Angaur, which is in the Palau Islands in the southwestern part of Micronesia, is administered as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, under a trusteeship granted to the U.S. by the United Nations. The... More →
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Those knowledgeable about the potash industry know that it is a highly controlled one, where three quarters of the world production is controlled by a Duopoloy, the Canadians under Canpotex, and the Russians via Belarusians under the on-again, off-again Belarusian Potash Company (BPC). Not only is the production of potash controlled by the cartels, but also, the large producers create a second level of control by selling large volumes of potash to equally large SOE or SOE-like in-country distribution companies (in China, India, Brazil, SE Asia, etc.). That means the structure of product contro... More →
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Luc Duchesne reports that much of the lithium in the world is produced by Albemarle, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, and FMC from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and eastern China, and is shipped long distances to battery makers in Asia.

But Western Lithium holds the Kings Valley lithium deposit in Humboldt County, Nevada. Unlike most lithium sources, which are either hard rock or brine based, Kings Valley is a clay project. Western Lithium has a separate business aimed at commercializing hectorite clay products for use in oil and gas drilling. Permitting and Environmental ... More →
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LiCo has the option to acquire up to a 100% interest, subject to a 3% NSR, in 348 of the 910 Dixie Valley Exploration Project claims under an agreement with Nevada Energy Metals. The company also has the option to acquire up to a 100% interest, subject to a 3% NSR, in the Teledyne Cobalt Project under an agreement with Palisade Resources Corp. LiCo is planning aggressive exploration programs for the fall and winter of 2016-2017.

The Dixie Valley Exploration Project is a grassroots, brine-based lithium project located on the Humboldt Salt Marsh playa in central Nevada Dixie Valley. T... More →
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Greg Klein reports that lithium mining and exploration is the hottest commodity in the world, with parabolic prices amid a rush to find new sources of supply. But can lithium sustain this level of enthusiasm? Consider the collapse of uranium in 2007, rare earths in 2011, graphite in 2012 and, in this case, lithium itself between 2009 and 2011. Is this time different? Or should we heed a cautionary tale?

We live in very exciting times in terms of how energy is used, generated and stored, and lithium is at the epicentre of that, says Chris Berry. As an analyst with House Mountain Part... More →
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Bacanora Minerals CEO Peter Secker presents to investors at Mining Capital Conference on lithium mining in Mexico.
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Cameron Perks opines that lithium (Li) is a metallic element that is often found in granitic pegmatites (intrusive igneous rocks), brines (salty solutions), seawater and clays. In pure form, it is soft light silver metal, but in nature it typically occurs as minor components of larger molecules or minerals.

Lithium is mostly recovered from lithium-bearing brines (primarily as lithium carbonate) which are formed in saline lakes in desert environments. A prolonged period of natural enrichment and concentration is required to make these brines mineable.
Lithium minerals are also s... More →
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As manganese gains attention as a potential major component in the next generation of battery technology, Manganese X Energy Corp. is moving rapidly into the North American manganese market and is moving quickly to explore the Houlton Woodstock property by completing its diamond drill program consisting of 16 holes totaling 3,589 meters, on Iron Ore Hill, Sharpe Farm and Moody Hill manganese occurrences. The drill targets were based on the results derived from gravity and magnetometer surveys completed in October. Drill results are expected toward the end of January 2017.

Manganese ... More →
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Mining.com reports on Vietnam's current activities in mining, including potash, bauxite, gold, nickel, and the activities locally and in the world that impact development in Vietnam.
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CEO Al Shefsky announced that it was a challenge to raise the kind of capital to develop a hard-rock mining operation so we started to look to see if there were other opportunities to kick start a rare-earth supply chain, noting that the Eco Ridge deposit also contains significant amounts of rare earth elements. There are more than 3 pounds of rare earths for every pound of uranium at Eco Ridge. And Elliot Lake is the only place in Canada where rare earths were produced historically.

We have been very fortunate and have had lots of support from all levels of government for building ... More →
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Mining.com provides information on phosphate activities throughtout the world.
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Kristen Moran reports that while China and Morocco continue to be the largest producers of phosphate worldwide, the U.S. is still the third-largest phosphate-producing country, putting out 27.1 million tonnes (Mt) in 2014.

Meanwhile, Canada did not make the cut in terms of top phosphate-producing countries, with no recorded production in 2014. However, there are a couple of projects making progress in the country, and overall, Canada holds 76 Mt in reserves. Here is a look at phosphate producers in North America, as well as new mines expected to come online in both Canada and the U.... More →
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Mining.com provides information on potash activities through the world.
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Scogings, et al., examine lithium production markets and prices, reporting of exploration results. Industrial minerals such as graphite, and latterly lithium minerals, have become the focus of attention for listed exploration and mining companies. This is mainly due to developments in rechargeable battery technologies, driven by growing demand (real or anticipated) from the emerging electric vehicle market and solar storage sectors. Consequently, the race has been on to acquire tenure, report larger exploration targets and resources, and to tell the market why one project has merits superior t... More →
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Peter Stephens reports that for investors in the mining sector, 2015 has been very challenging. Commodity price falls, a weak outlook for demand and declining consumer sentiment have combined to cause share price falls across the industry. As a result, many investors are understandably nervous about investing in the sector.

Add to this a fear regarding smaller mining stocks and their financial outlook and it is perhaps surprising, at first glance, that Sirius Minerals and Rare Earth Minerals have been able to deliver a rise of 64% and a flat performance, respectively, since the tur... More →
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Rare Earth Minerals and Bacanora Minerals Ltd., the joint venture partners of the Sonora Lithium Project in Northern Mexico have finalized a conditional long-term lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Tesla Motors, Inc., the maker of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions.

The Sonora Lithium Project Partners are working to develop a mineral-rich, lithium-bearing clay deposit into a planned low-cost sustainable and environmentally conscious mining operation. It is estimated that the mine and processing facility will have an initial production capacity of approximately 35,00... More →
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Jeremy Poirier reports that Pure Energy Minerals is focused on lithium-enriched brines that can be processed into battery grade chemicals. This focus has led the company to secure over 9,300 acres of claims in Clayton Valley, Nevada. The lithium-rich land is directly adjacent to the only active lithium mine in all of North America, which is operated by a major player in the industry.

Recent tests conducted by Pure Energy show that the chemical composition of its brine is similar to the published brine chemistry of its neighbor, the Silver Peak Mine. The Silver Peak Mine was the fir... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that potash prices have struggled over the last few years, and 2016 was another tough year for the fertilizer. Its prices slumped due to an oversupply and minimal demand from farmers and, as reported by the Economic Calendar, crop prices did not justify aggressive potash fertilizer applications.

On that note, a number of potash mines also halted operations in 2016. According to CropLife, all of the facilities that were at the right end of the industry cost curve have closed. Those include the Mosaic Calrsbad and Hersey mines, Intrepid Carlsbad East, and PotashCo... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that lithium carbonate is a lithium compound used in a range of industrial, technical and medical applications. As Rockwood Lithium notes, it is often the first chemical in the production chain, with other compounds such as lithium hydroxide being produced with subsequent steps if needed. For this reason, investors will often see lithium production numbers broken down in terms of lithium carbonate equivalent. As with other lithium products, lithium carbonate may be produced from brines or from hard-rock deposits, although a few companies are also looking to develop clay-b... More →
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Siv Padhy reports that 4 primary types of potash ore are commonly produced.. polyhalite, langbeinite, sylvinite (S) and carnallite(C). S and C are the most abundant sources of potash, but C is considered less desirable of the two. Part of the reason is that C cannot be mined using conventional techniques, it is simply too soluble to be mined and processing C can require more energy than processing S. Despite those challenges, C does come with a few niche benefits.

C is generally harder to mine and process than S. For that reason, it is useful to consider S mining and processing whe... More →
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