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Do you know about a rock or mineral-related event taking place in Manitoba which you would like to see listed here? Contact us at minesinfo@gov.mb.ca and we will get back to you! Scroll down for news on past events.

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Mineral Society of Manitoba Speakers

The Mineral Society of Manitoba meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month (except December). Guest speaker and title of presentation are announced in advance in the newsletter, the Mineral Vein.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm 
Meeting Location: Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Room P-47, Planetarium Level (use north side entrance)



News/Past Events

Where Challenge

Where ChallengeDiscover the science around you! Teachers…invite students to discover and creatively tell a story about why non-renewable resources are so important in everyday life by considering "What on Earth is in their stuff?" and "Where on Earth does it come from?" The 10th annual  WHERE Challenge accepts entries online, in English and French, until March 8, 2018. This year's challenge was launched September 18th and winners will be proudly announced on May 14, 2018. This exciting national contest is endorsed by the Canadian Earth sciences community and motivates students ages 9 to 14 to explore the fields in which geoscientists work: Water, Hazards, Energy, Resources and the Environment. The contest aims to ignite students' curiosity about the origins of everyday items and encourage them to explore the mining, energy and environmental sectors for possible career opportunities.

Entries are received each year from across Canada and a volunteer judging panel selects national winners, awarding more than $10,000 in cash prizes. By participating in the WHERE Challenge, students are given the chance to combine classroom learning with real world relevance, curiosity with practical research, and creative ideas with production technology; resulting in project entries that never cease to amaze the judges! Participants can submit their WHERE Challenge entries as a song, essay, video, poem, poster or other creative medium.
 
Entries can be submitted online at
http://earthsciencescanada.com/where/ (ENG)
http://earthsciencescanada.com/where/fr  (FR)

For more information about the contest, rules and regulations, and judging rubrics, please visit the contest website www.earthsciencescanada.com/where/

 

On the Road with Josh (A Roving Geoscientist!)
By Josh Myers, The Mineral Society of Manitoba

On November 8th I stopped by the Child Life Department, Children's Hospital, Winnipeg, on behalf of the Manitoba Rocks! program. What a great time of hands-on rock and mineral exploration and gold-panning. I first met children and teachers in the Child Life classroom. Everyone enjoyed the display of unique rocks, minerals and fossils from around the province and finding out about all the stuff a geoscientist carries around in his backpack in the field.

Next, gold fever took over with NoName the puppet, who interviewed me 'live' on Children's Hospital Television (CHTV). I connected with more kids on wards via the TV program and have to say, NoName sure was good peppering me with questions, including asking about the coolest rock I've ever found. Next, kids and family members caught up with me in the Child Life play room for more gold panning fun. Throughout the day, kids appreciated receiving Manitoba Rocks! 'surprise' bags, including polished rock samples of green quartz, tourmaline, hematite, labradorite and more. 

 

Josh Myers conducting field work with the Manitoba Geological Survey at Bigstone Lake, summer 2016.
Josh Myers conducting field work with the Manitoba Geological Survey
at Bigstone Lake, summer 2016.

Somewhere in between our activities, I almost forgot about lunch! Fortunately no one asked if the geologist was getting hungry, or I'd probably have told them I lost my apatite. I know, I know — silly joke. Anyway, you probably know, apatite is the name of a group of phosphate minerals and the main source of phosphorous, essential in the manufacturing of fertilizers. To learn more about fascinating rocks and minerals around our province, visit the Dig It! page of this website. Thanks for going on the road with me. Keep on rock'in!

Josh Myers: Avid rockhound. Honours graduate, University of Manitoba, BSc in Geological Sciences.  From an early age, Josh filled his pockets with rocks at the beach to later paint with his mom and grandmother. Today, Josh works in the groundwater industry and as a geology teaching assistant at the U of M. As a past Vice President of the Manitoba Mineral Society, Josh continues to volunteer for the society as a classroom speaker, and enjoys passing on his knowledge and love for rocks and minerals to future generations. 

 

Rock Doctor Day 'rocked' in Snow Lake

Some 60 visitors enjoyed exploring mineral exhibits and taking part in fun activities during the Snow Lake Mining Museum's 8th Annual Rock Doctor Day on Friday, August 17. Each year the northern community museum takes a day to celebrate the importance and value of Manitoba minerals. The museum invites the public to visit 'Rock Doctors' who can assist them with the identification of personal rock collections or rock and mineral samples they bring in.

"It's a fun learning opportunity and a great outing for kids of all ages," says museum director Paul Hawman. "The Snow Lake Mining Museum extends thanks to our 2017 volunteer 'Rock Docs' Dennis Merber, Ernie Guiboche and Bill Salahub Jr., along with special thanks to Dori Forsyth for baking cupcakes and for organizing and making the event happen! Our thanks also to Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade - Resource Development, and the Manitoba Geological Survey, for providing fun prize items for kids through the Manitoba Rocks! program."

Photos:

Calyn Lobert, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.
Calyn Lobert, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.

 

Elissa and Kolby Bogdan, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.
Elissa and Kolby Bogdan, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.

Ryder McMechan, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.
Ryder McMechan, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.

Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Rock Doctor Day activities.
Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Rock Doctor Day activities.

 

 

Manitoba Rocks! always a hit in Snow Lake

The Snow Lake Mining Museum celebrated its 6th annual Manitoba Provincial Mining Week event, 'rain or shine' on May 26, 2017, with free admission, BBQ hot dog lunch and a 'mining themed' cake for 160 visitors. Kids of all ages got into the spirit of the event which included several happy prize draw winners of Manitoba Rocks! items provided courtesy of Growth, Enterprise and Trade - Resource Development.

"We always enjoy the Manitoba Rocks! 'made-to-order' draw prizes and mineral awareness and mining-related items," reports museum director, Paul Hawman, who added that the prizes are always a hit with kids, parents and grandparents.

Museum guests, representatives and sponsors at the event included the Town of Snow Lake, MLA Tom Lindsey, Hudbay Minerals, Dumas Mining, Atlas Copco, MacLean Engineering and Rockcliff Copper Corporation.

Photos:

Farrah Galloway, Manitoba Rocks! 'Bear' and Messenger Bag winner.
Farrah Galloway, Manitoba Rocks! 'Bear' and Messenger Bag winner.

 

Shayanne Stephen, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.
Shayanne Stephen, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.

Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Provincial Mining Week celebration.
Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Provincial Mining Week celebration.

Mining-themed cakes...a delicious part of the day!
Mining-themed cakes...a delicious part of the day!

 

 

Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend

Over 200 visitors and school students enjoyed learning about rocks, minerals and the province's geological landscape during the Manitoba Mineral Society's annual Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend held during Provincial Mining Week, May 21 to 27. 

Photos (courtesy of Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretative Centre):

Mike Beauregard, Manitoba Mineral Society member and Nunavut geologist answers questions about rock specimens
Mike Beauregard, Manitoba Mineral Society member and Nunavut geologist answers questions about rock specimens

Sheldon Dawson from Quarry Park explains a unique fossil find
Sheldon Dawson from Quarry Park explains a unique fossil find

 

 

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium 2017 Award Recipients

Award 1 - Project Title: The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Organisms; Students: Danielle Marie Borbajo
Award 1
Project Title: The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Organisms
Students: Danielle Marie Borbajo


Award 2 - Project Title: The bioremediation of nitrate in fertilizer-contaminated soil; Student: Jakob McKenna
Award 2
Project Title: The bioremediation of nitrate in fertilizer-contaminated soil
Student: Jakob McKenna

Award 3 - Project Title: ReefHub - A Novel Autonomous Coral Reef Conservation System; Students: Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma
Award 3
Project Title: ReefHub - A Novel Autonomous Coral Reef Conservation System
Students: Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma

 

 

 

Have you seen an OMAR? (Community Geoscience Project)

Do you like to explore? Are you a rockhound? If you enjoy being outdoors and spying out cool rocks, and if you see an OMAR...Manitoba geoscientists want to hear from you! But hey, you are probably asking, 'What on earth is an OMAR?' Great question. It's an Omarolluk formation or unique type of rock also known as 'erratics'. OMARS are found across parts of Manitoba, Canada, and the northern USA. Learn more about OMARS here and remember...the next time you're out exploring Manitoba terrain and think you see an OMAR, follow the instructions on the OMARS page to report your discovery!

Omar image

 

 

MGS Geology...on the go!

On March 17, 2016, the Manitoba Geological Survey (MGS) took geosciences on the road for a rockin' fun visit with fourteen grades 5-7 'FAME' students in the classroom of Archwood and Frontenac Schools' (Louis Riel School Division) teachers Shauna Tait and Anita Fedoruk in Winnipeg. The students were excited to learn all about MGS geologist Kathryn Lapenskie's career path and what led to her becoming a professional geologist. Students asked Kathryn questions about the geoscience work she carries out for the Province of Manitoba. Fascinating rock and mineral samples were distributed to students through the MGS's Manitoba Rocks! mineral education/awareness program.

Students were also invited to share their stories involving rocks as well as a favourite outdoor adventure. Kathryn answered questions about Manitoba's rich geological history and helped students to examine and identify the various rock and mineral samples they received. In the summer of 2015, Lapenskie launched a summer Manitoba Geology blog series to deliver insights into the exciting field work conducted by MGS geologists, showcasing the diverse geology and mineral potential of Manitoba. Kathryn anticipates continuing the blog in the summer of 2016.

"Everyone enjoyed discovering that there's always more to explore in the diverse geological landscape of our province," said classroom teacher Shauna Tait. "We would love to do it again!"

Kathryn Lapenskie is an industrial and specialty minerals geologist for the Province of Manitoba's department of Mineral Resources.

 

Geologist Kathryn Lapenskie explains the properties of agate and other rock and mineral samples to students.
Geologist Kathryn Lapenskie explains the properties of agate and other rock and mineral samples to students.

 

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