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3-D geologic map leads to precious metal discovery

Building on mapping technology used in Antarctica, NSF-funded researchers discovered one of the world's largest precious metal deposits in northern Minnesota

The Nokomis Deposit in northern Minnesota is one of the world's largest precious metal deposits.


The Nokomis Deposit in northern Minnesota is one of the world's largest precious metal deposits.
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January 2, 2018

Using technology for 3-D electronic mapping originally developed by scientists working in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, NSF-funded researchers discovered one of the world's largest precious metal deposits in northern Minnesota. The Nokomis Deposit is estimated to contain metal resources of approximately 10 billion pounds of copper, 3.1 billion pounds of nickel, 165 million pounds of cobalt, 4 million ounces of platinum, 9 million ounces of palladium and 2 million ounces of gold.

NSF Directorate(s):
Directorate for Geosciences

Locations
Minnesota
Maryland

Related Awards
#0440718 3-D Dynamics of the Ferrar Magmatic Mush Column, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctic

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