Monday, January 26, 2015

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. - IVN.t

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. - IVN.t formerly Ivanplats Limited, is a mineral exploration and development company with properties located in Africa.

The principal projects are; the Kamoa copper discovery in the DRC, the Platreef discovery on the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, and the Kipushi zinc, copper and germanium project, also in the DRC.

On January 16, 2015 the company released News

Ivanhoe Mines today announced that further to its news release dated January 8, 2015, it has filed an independent National Instrument 43-101 technical report on the prefeasibility study of the planned first phase of development of the company's Platreef platinum, palladium, rhodium, gold, nickel and copper mine.

The NI 43-101 technical report was prepared for Ivanhoe Mines by OreWin Pty. Ltd.; Amec Foster Wheeler E&C Services Inc.; SRK Consulting Inc.; Stantec Consulting International LLC; and DRA Projects (Pty.) Ltd. The report – titled Platreef 2014 Prefeasibility Study – has been filed on the SEDAR website at and on the Ivanhoe Mines website at




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Comet 67P surprises

In August 2014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Once in orbit, it swooped as low as 10 kilometers to get unprecedented data from the comet.

Images reveal 67P to be a far more diverse place than anyone expected.

Due to the comet’s lopsided shape and weak gravity, boulders and dust appear to move in strange ways. In this image, red regions show unstable slopes that sit at more than 45° angles to the local gravity field.

A pit that seems to have belched out a fluid material—a sign that gas pressures can build up in the subsurface and create complex, fluid mixtures of gas and dust.

The gases don’t only shoot up; they may also work sideways, creating ripples and other wind-like features that look out of place on a body without an atmosphere.

The comet spews material into space from the pits that dot the surface. Some are inactive and are partly filled with dust. Others appear to be turning on again: As 67P approaches the sun, subsurface ice deposits heat up and create jets of gas and dust.

67P might not keep its shape for long. Cracks around the neck suggest that the comet’s “head” and “body” flex there. Someday the two lobes could rupture and go their separate ways.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Strange and Unusual Places

Tufa pinnacles at Mono Lake in Sierra Nevada - Mono Lake is a closed hydrological basin - water flows into it but it doesn't flow out. The only way for water to leave is through evaporation. Four vertical feet of water can evaporate during the course of a year.

Lake Baikal in Siberia freezes over but the water is so clear that you can see an astounding 130 feet below you. Wind, temperature differences, frost and sun in the ice crust cause cracks and ice hummocks to form.

A lightning bolt crashed against the Grand Canyon illuminating the steep canyon walls. The bright blue bolt illuminated the South Rim of the canyon, considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petroleum engineers in 1971.

The elephant rock formation in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada - A strange natural sandstone rock formation resembling an elephant.
Don Juan Pond is a small and very shallow hypersaline lake in the west end of Wright Valley, Antarctica. With a salinity level of over 40%, Don Juan Pond is the saltiest known body of water on Earth

The Great Blue Hole in Belize - A large submarine sinkhole which is over 984 feet across and 407 feet deep. The sinkhole was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower.

The Dune of Pilat is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in La Teste-de-Buch in France, 60 km from Bordeaux.

The Wave in Utah - Carved rock eroded into a wave-like formation made of jurassic-age Navajo sandstone that is approximately 190 million years old.

Aogashima is south of Tokyo in the Philippine Sea. The island is known for having a volcanic caldera within a larger caldera.

The sliding stones of Death Valley, California - The movement of the rocks continue to baffle experts, with some rocks sliding across a flat bed despite weighing up to 700 pounds each.

Urup is an uninhabited volcanic island near in the south of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean

The Beauty Pool of Yellowstone National Park - The hot spring allows luminous algae and bacteria to flourish creating a vivid array of colors

Fraser Island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km².

The Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand - The gigantic boulders started forming on the ocean floor and can now be seen sitting on the coastline thanks to erosion.
The Eye of Africa - official name the Richat Structure was spotted in central Mauritania by astronauts on early space missions. In the expanse of the Western Sahara Desert, the formation has a diameter of about 30 miles.

Ancient Gold found in Kazakhstan

Stunning gold artifacts have been discovered during excavations in Kazakhstan.

Excavations of a burial mound, or ‘kurgan,’ in the Alatau district of Almaty, south eastern Kazakhstan, have revealed some exceptional pieces of gold artwork.
Three historical artifacts were found. One of them is a golden figurine of a feline predator dated to about 4 BC which probably adorned a helmet.

A bronze mirror with a handle and a round bronze disc with a protrusion. The disk of the mirror and the ring are soldered together.
A golden plate with a picture of a bird. "The plate depicts a bird of prey, its head turned to the left, with a large beak, and wings unfolded. The bird is depicted against the background of strawberries. This is as a heraldic symbol."