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Many advantages of studying in a ‘mining town’


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Earth sciences students have participated in a high-quality variety of national and international field trips, lectures and workshops.


Modern Mining & Technology Week took place from April 24  to May 3. The following article about the Earth sciences program at Laurentian University appeared in the MMTS week magazine published by Northern Life.



The department of Earth sciences at Laurentian is in a fortunate location. Situated in a city known for its ubiquitous rock outcrops and rich mining heritage around one of the largest meteorite impact craters, one would be hard-pressed to find a better location world-wide for students to study Earth sciences (geology) or environmental geosciences.

A student has access to the large variety of rock types and mineralization, along with the “man-made” changes in the environment through century-long mining activities that one can study and research.

And there are many to learn from. In addition to the high-quality roster of faculty who are specialists in sub-disciplines such as geochemistry, geophysics, ore deposit geology and paleontology, professional geoscientists working for the local mineral exploration industry or the Ontario Geological Survey take part in the teaching effort during lectures and short courses as adjunct faculty members.

There remains a strong link between faculty members and industry, which often translates to student employment.

The now two-year old Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian meant the start of a significant improvement to studying mining-related programs. The Goodman School’s primary role is to broaden and enrich the student experience and to allow interdisciplinary studying of any academic course that pertains to the Mining Cycle. Since its establishment, Earth sciences students have participated in a high-quality variety of national and international field trips, lectures and workshops. Moreover, the Goodman School supports updating research and teaching facilities at the department of Earth sciences. A great example is the new graduate student research lab.

Undergraduate programs offered by the departments of Earth sciences and environmental geosciences allow students to be immersed in the broad academic field of the Mining Cycle and have excellent people and facilities at their disposition.

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Tobias Roth is a geoscience technologist in the department of Earth sciences at Laurentian University. He studied at Laurentian and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

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