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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-...
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...
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. 
To address one of the goals of the Government of the Northwest Territories Mineral Development Strategy, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has developed geological maps that highlight NWT regions. The maps provide a quick reference to bedrock geology, mineral showings, and the location of petroleum wells. Communities, prospectors, and explorers can use the maps to gain a better understanding of geological mapping and historic exploration work in their region. The information shown on the maps is derived from a variety of sources including the NORMIN Mineral Showings Database...
Updated 10 December 2015

Permafrost Thaw Causes Lake Drainage and Flow of Debris, Peel Plateau, Northwest Territories, Canada

Permafrost thaw in the northwestern Northwest Territories has caused development of very large thaw slumps. Individual thaw slump disturbances can impact over 30 ha of terrain, displace millions of cubic metres of sediments to reconfigure slopes and impact downstream environments. One particular thaw slump about 20 km northwest of Fort McPherson has been growing for about a decade. It has caused gradual hillside collapse, resulting in the rapid, partial...
The Exploration Overview provides a summary of mining and exploration activity conducted in the Northwest Territories during 2015. (Updated February 2016) Rapport de synthèse 2015 sur l’exploration minière aux Territories du Nord-Ouest (mis à jour en février 2016)

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