|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|
|Total Known Current and Historical Production||1925 – 2019|
|Total Known Compliant Reserves (December 2019)||Proven & Probable|
|Lithium (LiO2), pounds||697,142,000|
|Total Known Compliant Exclusive Resources||Measured & Indicated|
|Lithium (LiO2), pounds||1,015,674,000|
|Lithium (LiO2), pounds||81,130,000|
|Total Known Endowment||1925 – 2019|
|Lithium (LiO2), pounds||1,793,946,000|
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.