Rare Earth Minerals workshop Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 2010


Assessment of Rare Earth Element (REE) deposits in Greenland Workshop, 30th November - 2nd December 2010

As part of the ongoing assessment of selected deposit models and commodities in Greenland, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is hosting a 3-day workshop with the purpose of assessing the potential for undiscovered Rare Earth Element deposits in Greenland. The workshop is sponsored by the Greenland Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum and GEUS.

The 'Mineral Resource Assessment Workshop' project was initiated last year with a workshop on sedimentary hosted Cu in Greenland as part of the Global Mineral Resource Assessment Program (GMRAP) led by USGS on a global scale.

This year the workshop will assess the potential for REE deposits in various parts of Greenland and will be held independent from the GMRAP. Compiled information on known REE deposits and geological provinces in Greenland will be used in conjunction with models for REE deposits and will be used to assess the potential for REE deposits in the top 1 km of the Earth's crust. The assessment will be carried out by a team of researchers and exploration/mining geologists with knowledge and experience on REE deposits and/or Greenlandic geology and it's mineralizing systems.

Two international REE experts; Jock Harmer from South Africa and Pete Siegfried from Namibia have been invited to participate in the workshop. They will be sharing some of their expertise in connection with keynote lectures on Rare Earths scheduled for Day 1 (30th November).

Six different exploration companies with interest in REE exploration in Greenland are participating in the workshop and will be presenting news and results from their current work in Greenland.

Results from the workshop are expected to be published in a GEUS report in 2011.

Further information:

Senior Geologist Lars Lund Sørensen, GEUS
Tlf.: 38 14 22 71
E-mail: lls@geus.dk