News and Events

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 Report...

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...
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...
Northspan Hornet Reverse Circulation (RC) drill. Credit: Aurora Geoscience New Kimberlite Indicator Mineral (KIM) Chemistry in the Central Slave Geological Province was released on March 30, 2017 at 8:30am (MDT) on Gateway, Northwest Territories Geological Survey: NWT Open Report 2017-011- Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study — Kimberlite Indicator Mineral Chemistry from the 2015 Reverse Circulation Drilling Program, Northwest Territories. NWT Open Report 2017-011 is the latest geoscience research arising from the Slave Province Surficial Materials and Permafrost Study,...
The Mining Incentive Program (MIP) budget for 2017-18 has increased from $400,000 to $1,000,000.  The MIP Application Forms and MIP Instructions and Guidelines are available. Prospectors licenced to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $25,000 in funding. The funding limit has been increased from $15,000. Mineral exploration companies licensed to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $200,000 in funding representing up to 50% of eligible project expenses. The funding limit has been increased from $100,000.   Application deadline is now 29 April 2017. For more information, call 867-767-9211...
Middle Devonian age basinal Bluefish and Canol shale overlying Hume platform carbonates at Carcajou River NWT. Kathryn Fiess, NTGS. A new publication series is taking the lead on sharing scientific information behind the world-class petroleum potential of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The first Petroleum Play Summary has been published by Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS). It focuses on the Canol Formation and Bluefish Member Shale Play in the Central Mackenzie Valley. This area includes the Norman Wells conventional oil pool that has produced 274 million barrels of oil since...
In the search for Northwest Territories (NWT) mineral resources, explorers rely in part on regional-scale geological and geophysical information provided by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS). This information is used to hunt for areas of higher mineral potential within the vast NWT landmass. The NTGS has begun work on two contracted airborne geophysical surveys that will assist diamond exploration in an underexplored region of the Slave Geological Province, home to the NWT’s four diamond mines. The survey region lies between the Diavik and Gahcho Kué mines and includes the...
Across the vast landscape of the Northwest Territories (NWT), cold climates and permafrost have preserved large amounts of ancient ground ice for thousands of years. However, recent climate warming is beginning to dramatically alter some of these landscapes. The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) is taking a proactive approach to learning more. A recently-published study in the high-profile journal Geology, titled Climate-driven thaw of permafrost preserved glacial landscapes, northwestern Canada, describes some of the research efforts and findings. Steve Kokelj, a Permafrost...
Find out more about the Northwest Territories Geological Survey at AME Roundup 2017.  We have booths on the main floor and on the second floor. 

Pages