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MERC is an exploration geoscience centre focused on Precambrian ore systems research, education, and exploration methodology and targeting. It is a semi-autonomous research centre at Laurentian University (LU) that is affiliated with the Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HES).Learn More about MERC
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University offers some of the most comprehensive field- and laboratory-based Earth Science research and education programs in North America.
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), the Secretariat for the NSERC-CMIC Exploration Footprints Program, and the recently funded $104M Metal Earth research program led by MERC are located in the Willet Green Miller Centre, which was designed from the ground up as a geoscience building. School faculty, research scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students are working on fundamental geological problems all over the world. If you are interested in studying geology, this is the best place in the world to do it!
The video explains what seismic trucks have to do with finding new ore deposits to help create the next generation of mines. Footage from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, in October 2017, when Laurentian University folks visited the survey conducted by SAExploration.
A short summary of reconnaissance fieldwork conducted by myself and a colleague in the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park northwest of Temagami, northern Ontario, in September-October 2017. The reconnaissance trip was aimed at scouting some forgotten exposures of the Huronian succession in the Cobalt Basin.
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences petrographic microscopy lab, Laurentian University, allows viewing thin sections of rocks in both plane-polarized and cross-polarized light.
Alessandro Ielpi, Elizabeth Turner and Robbie Meek doing Arctic Field work, 2017:
More 2017 Arctic field work with Alessandro Ielpi and Sophie Michel: