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Carving stone deposits found near Iqaluit

Carving stone deposits found near Iqaluit | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Carving stone is a catchall term used by most sculptors for metamorphic rock such as soapstone, marble and alabaster, according to Mate. The deposits found on the Hall Peninsula are a wide range of different rocks of the serpentine group with colours from apple and olive green to dark aquamarine.

Carving stone is formed when hot fluids flow through iron-and magnesium-rich rock deep in the Earth's crust, altering it into softer minerals. At one time, Hall Peninsula used to be one of the world's biggest mountain belts, which has now eroded away.

"When you're walking around there, you're walking 30 kilometres deep into a mountain so you're looking at the deeper crust in this part of the world," said Mate, a self-described geology geek. "That's why we're finding carving stone.

"Every night there were exciting conversations about rocks that were found and what they mean and how that might change the interpretation of how the land formed."

 

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"The data we produce is useful for a whole range of stakeholders," said Mate. "It's an important resource for Nunavummiut and, of course, carvers."

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Russia ambitious about Arctic shelf development

Russia ambitious about Arctic shelf development | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia plans to develop its energy fields on the Arctic shelf to produce 66.2 million tons of oil and 230 billion cubic meters of gas by 2030.

“The Arctic shelf contains nearly the fourth part of the world’s energy resources, yet not all opportunities are used to use the most of these resources”, Mr. Medvedev said.

He added that the federal budget alone cannot ensure substantial funding of the project, and cooperation with private investors is required.

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