Over a couple of weekends I and many others had the opportunity to attend an “Introductory Prospecting Course” offered through the Department of Natural Resources. I can say with near certainty that we had 3 of the best and most passionate instructor’s in the province which included Don Hattie, Mark Connell and Steve McCutcheon. Their breadth of knowledge, both in the field and theoretical, was beyond reproach. I’m still not convinced Don is 95 as I know he’d be hard to keep up with in the field.
My sincerest thanks to those instructing and fellow students. I had a great time and learned until I could retain no more.
Quote of the day: “Oh.. I’m feeding you a bunch of bullshit!”
“Igneous Intrusive or Igneous Extrusive?! Is is Mafic of Felsic? Pryoxene? Olivine? Amphibole? Syncline or Anticline? Give me a dip and strike? Did you get that Kevin?”
I believe I am still having flashbacks late at night as I hear Mark drilling us with decades worth of experience and Don recounting 50+ years of field experience in a single breath, with Steve attempting to get a word in when possible.
The course curriculum looks like the following:
- Basic prospecting and the mining cycle
- Field gear and safety procedures
- Orienteering: topographic maps, air photos, compass and GPS
- Elements, minerals and mineral families
- Rock types, geological maps and lexicon
- Glacial deposits & landforms
- Mineral deposits & landforms
- Selecting an area to prospect
- Map staking (NB e-CLAIMS)
- Sampling media, methods and protocols
- Analytical labs, methods and protocols
- Promotion and prospecting grants
If you are interested in learning about prospecting this course is well worth your time. Hearing the voice of experience alone is worth the price of admission. There is a tremendous amount of information presented to the point where several of those in attendance were taking the course a second time.
Kevin (aka kevgo)