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Location Quebec, Canada
Commodities Primary Gold, Silver, Zinc, Copper
Commodities Secondary Nickel, Molybdenum, Cobalt, Bismuth Lithium,
Platinum, Palladium, Magnetrite
Total Current Year Production Period Ended December 31, 2019
Gold; ounces 1,438,200
Silver; ounces 1,725,000
Zinc; pounds 29,015,000
Copper; pounds 7,489,000
Nickel; pounds 0
Molybdenum; pounds 0
Bismuth; pounds 0
Total Known Current and Historical Production 1925 – 2019
Gold; ounces 73,072,100
Silver; ounces 140,342,300
Zinc; pounds 6,676,049,000
Copper; pounds 6,535,846,000
Nickel; pounds 26,445,000
Molybdenum; pounds 19,432,000
Bismuth; pounds 2,440,000
Total Known Compliant Reserves (December 2019) Proven & Probable
Gold; ounces 19,310,400
Silver; ounces 45,572,000
Zinc; pounds 1,637,063,000
Copper; pounds 446,592,000
Nickel; pounds 6,082,000,000
Molybdenum; pounds 0
Bismuth; pounds 0
Cobalt; pounds 243,000,000
Lithium (LiO2), pounds 697,142,000
Platinum; ounces 287,000
Palladium; ounces 627,000
Magnetite; tonnes 0
Total Known Compliant Exclusive Resources Measured & Indicated
Gold; ounces 21,392,500
Silver; ounces 13,954,400
Zinc; pounds 2,099,878,000
Copper; pounds 187,397,000
Nickel; pounds 3,668,000,000
Molybdenum; pounds 0
Bismuth; pounds 0
Cobalt; pounds 151,000,000
Lithium (LiO2), pounds 1,015,674,000
Platinum; ounces 174,000
Palladium; ounces 381,000
Magnetite; tonnes 47,580,000
Inferred
Gold; ounces 29,691,600
Silver; ounces 19,627,600
Zinc; pounds 453,192,000
Copper; pounds 156,587,000
Nickel; pounds 2,862,000,000
Molybdenum; pounds 0
Bismuth; pounds 0
Cobalt; pounds 112,000,000
Lithium (LiO2), pounds 81,130,000
Platinum; ounces 92,000
Palladium; ounces 220,000
Magnetite; tonnes 33,430,000
Total Known Endowment 1925 – 2019
Gold; ounces 143,466,600
Silver; ounces 219,496,300
Zinc; pounds 10,866,182,000
Copper; pounds 7,326,422,000
Nickel; pounds 12,638,445,000
Molybdenum; pounds 19,432,000
Bismuth; pounds 2,440,000
Cobalt; pounds 506,000,000
Lithium (LiO2), pounds 1,793,946,000
Platinum; ounces 553,000
Palladium; ounces 1,228,000
Magnetite; tonnes 81,010,000
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History

The DigiGeoData Val d’Or/Rouyn-Noranda map stretches from the Ontario – Quebec border east for 200 kilometers. It covers the two historic mining camps Noranda – Rouyn and Val d’Or. The map covers an area of 25 thousand square kilometers.

This area has over 100 past and currently operating mines producing gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, molybdenum, and bismuth. Other commodities explored for but not produced include lithium, cobalt, platinum, and palladium.

The chart shows the total production of commodities as of December 31, 2019.

In 1906, Alphonse Olier and Auguste Renault discovered the first gold deposit in the Rouyn-Noranda region, on the shores of Lac Fortune. Despite their discovery, the area only became a center for mining following the staking of claims and the discovery of a copper and gold deposit at the northern end of Lac Tremoy by Edmund Horne, a prospector from Nova Scotia, in 1922. This started a mining rush in the area with prospectors and thousands of men and women coming to work and the beginning of the towns of Noranda and Rouyn.

The Thompson-Chadbourne Syndicate was formed to finance the exploration and was incorporated in Toronto as Noranda Mines Limited, a name that would have a profound effect on mining in this area for many years. By 1925 over 500 thousand tons of ore had been delineated which resulted in the sinking of the No.1 and No. 2 shafts and production commenced. The Horne mine remained in continuous production until 1976.

In 1924, by three prospectors discovered base metals north of the Horne mine around what became the Waite-Amulet mine. Production began in 1927 and continued until 1962.

The first exploration around the Doyon-Westwood property was recorded around 1910.

The first significant gold production in the Val d’Or area began in 1929 at the Siscoe gold mine.

Exploration, development, and production would continue for the 90 years until the present day making the Val d’Or/Rouyn-Noranda mining camp one of the most prolific and active in Canada and the world.

The chart shows the number of mine startups by decade across the area.

 

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