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2011-05-26 14:45:00

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured water from the moon that shows some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as the Earth's upper mantle. The research, from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Brown University, shows 100 times more water than measured before. Scientists discovered water along with volatile elements in lunar magma trapped inside of crystals that are themselves trapped inside tiny volcanic glass beads. The team of...

2011-05-18 16:07:56

Carbon found within ancient rocks has played a crucial role developing a time line for the emergence of biological life on the planet billions of years ago. But applying cutting-edge technology to samples of ancient rocks from northern Canada has revealed the carbon-based minerals may be much younger than the rock they inhabit, a team of researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. The team "“ which includes researchers from Boston College, the Carnegie...

2011-05-13 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Magma Energy Corp. ("Magma") (TSX: MXY) and Plutonic Power Corporation ("Plutonic") (TSX: PCC) today announced the completion of the merger of Magma and Plutonic pursuant to a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement").  As previously announced, the Arrangement was approved by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on May 9, 2011. Pursuant to the Arrangement, Magma has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Plutonic on the basis of 2.38...

2011-05-12 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The finding heralds the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system. The research was conducted by scientists at the...

2011-05-02 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, May 2 /PRNewswire/ - Magma Energy Corp. (TSX: MXY) today announced that its 2011 third quarter results will be released on Thursday, May 12th , 2011 after markets close. A conference call and live audio webcast to discuss the results will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT). Fiscal Year 2011 Q3 Results Conference Call and Webcast Information Date: Friday, May 13, 2011 Time: 11:30 am Eastern Time - 8:30 am Pacific Time Dial-In Numbers:...

2011-04-28 07:30:00

VANCOUVER, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Magma Energy Corp. (TSX: MXY) ("Magma") is pleased to announce that its shareholders approved at a special meeting held yesterday all resolutions in connection with its proposed merger with Plutonic Power Corporation ("Plutonic") announced on March 7, 2011 (the "Arrangement"). In particular, Magma's shareholders approved the issuance of up to 156,202,213 common shares of Magma (the "Arrangement Resolution") in connection with the...

2011-04-06 15:15:00

TSX-V: RES & AMEX: REE VANCOUVER, April 6 /PRNewswire/ - Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSXV: RES) (AMEX: REE) is pleased to announce the final rare earth element (REE) assay results from the last fifteen drill holes completed during its 2010 core drilling program at the Company's 100% owned Bear Lodge property, located in northeastern Wyoming, USA (Figure 1 - http://files.newswire.ca/675/Rare_Element_Bear_Lodge.pdf). The current results are from the Bull Hill Southwest resource...

2011-01-21 08:15:00

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Bear Mining Corp (OTC Bulletin Board: BGBR) ("The Company") ("BGBR"), a U.S. based exploration company, focused on the acquisition and development of gold and other precious commodity projects, announced today results from the exploration initiative in the Rattlesnake Hills located in Natrona County, Wyoming. The Rattlesnake Hills initiative was a discovery program focused on the generation of new drill targets in the Eocene - age Rattlesnake...

2011-01-07 10:52:18

Collaborating with an international research team, an economic geologist from The University of Western Ontario has discovered how gold-rich magma is produced, unveiling an all-important step in the formation of gold mines. The findings were published in the December issue of Nature Geoscience. Robert Linnen, the Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology in Western's Department of Earth Sciences conducts research near Kirkland Lake, Ontario and says the results of the study could lead to a...

2010-12-07 15:35:00

VANCOUVER, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ - Magma Energy Corp. (TSX:MXY) advises that Magma Energy Sweden A.B. ("Magma Sweden") has provided a payment of approximately ISK 3.08 billion (USD 27 million) to Geysir Green Energy ehf ("GGE") to fund the final payment owing under the share purchase agreement between Magma Sweden and GGE pursuant to which Magma Sweden acquired its 98.53% interest in HS Orka hf.  Magma has arranged a short term loan to provide funding for this payment which loan is...


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2005-05-26 12:03:39

Biotite is a common phyllosilicate mineral that contains potassium, magnesium, iron and aluminium. It is sometimes called "iron mica" and is found in granitic rocks, gneisses, and schists. Like other mica minerals, biotite has a highly perfect basal cleavage, its flexible sheets easily flaking off. It has a hardness of 2.5 - 3, a specific gravity of 2.7 - 3.1, is colored greenish to brown or black, and can be transparent to opaque. Biotite is occasionally found in large sheets, especially in...

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2005-05-26 11:30:45

Chert is a fine-grained silica-rich cryptocrystalline sedimentary rock that may contain small fossils. It varies greatly in color from white to black, but most often manifests as gray, brown, grayish brown and light green to rusty red; its color is an expression of trace elements present in the rock, and both red and green are most often related to traces of iron (in its oxidized and reduced forms respectively). It outcrops as nodules in limestone, chalk, and dolostone formations as a...

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2005-05-26 11:26:59

Chromite, iron magnesium chromium oxide: (Fe,Mg)Cr2O4, is an oxide mineral belonging to the spinel group. Magnesium is always present in variable amounts, also aluminium and iron substitute for chromium. Chromite is found in peridotite and other layered ultramafic intrusive rocks and also found in metamorphic rocks such as serpentinites. Ore deposites of chromite form as early magmatic differentiates. It is commonly associated with olivine, magnetite, serpentine, and corundum. Chromite is...

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2005-05-26 11:13:08

In geology, a conglomerate is a rock consisting of other stones that have been cemented together. Conglomerates are sedimentary rocks consisting of subangular clasts and are thus differentiated from breccias, which consist of angular clasts. Both conglomerates and breccias are characterized by clasts larger than sand (>2 mm). There are two varieties of conglomerate, defined by texture: paraconglomerates and orthoconglomerates. Paraconglomerates are one of two varieties of conglomerate...

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2005-05-26 11:01:52

Diorite is a grey to dark grey intermediate intrusive igneous rock composed principally of plagioclase feldspar (typically andesine), hornblende, and/or pyroxene. Varieties deficient in hornblende and other dark minerals are called leucodiorite. It is often described as "salt and pepper" when composed largely of light-colored minerals randomly interspersed with dark minerals. When olivine and more iron-rich augite are present, the rock grades into ferrodiorite, which is transitional to...

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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