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Demand for rare-earth elements brings attention to the Bitterroot — Montana Bureau of Mines geologist Kaleb Scarberry says the obscure elements go into things "that are becoming increasingly more important to what we need as a society."
The demand is driven by the properties of the 17 rare earth elements, especially their magnetic qualities.
"As technology improves and we make gadgets that are smaller and smaller, and presumably more and more durable, you're going to require components, specifically magnets to keep those tiny moving parts together," Scarberry said.
• posted by Dennis Bragg -
KPAX News Missoula 11/1/12
- Hug a geologist It's Geologic Map Day — Today is Geologic Map Day, part of Earth Science Week. Sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, the American Association of State Geologists, and the American Geosciences Institute, Earth Science Week encourages everyone to learn about the geosciences. At the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, we’re all about Earth Science. • Friday, October, 19, 2012
- Armed with data: Bureau of Mines helps Shields Valley prepare for fracking
• Sunday, July 8, 2012
LAURA LUNDQUIST, Chronicle Staff Writer
- New director of Bureau of Mines named — John Metesh, Ph.D., has been named the new director of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. He'll start the position in September • Sunday June 14, 2012
- Announced at Montana Tech's Annual Awards TGIF, May 4th, 2012, this years winners are: Distinguished Researcher Award
- Jeff Lonn - Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
- Chris Danielson - Liberal Studies
- Chris Gammons - Geological Engineering
Lifetime Distinguished Researcher Award
- Robin McCulloch - Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
Honor accomplishments in mentorship, inventorship and grantspersonship over the last ten years.
Grantpersonship Who received the most grants and contracts to support service, education and research over the last ten years? And the answers are:
- Dan Trudnowski – Electrical Engineering
- Ted Duaime – Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
- Amy Verlanic – Institute for Educational Opportunities...
On February 23rd, Ed Deal, representing the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, and Jon Axline, representing the Montana Department of Transportation, received First Lady Awards for their organizations’ significant work with the Governor and the First Lady in creating and installing geologic highway road signs across Montana. The MBMG not only helped create the signs, but also participated in several official openings, presenting geologic information to Montana students and citizens. Congratulations to the MBMG staff who helped with this important project.
Each year the Montana Tech Research Office gives several awards to honor and reward those faculty and staff who have contributed to the success of the campus research and scholarly activity enterprise. Each of these awards consists of a certificate of recognition and $1,000.
- Montana Water Well Drillers Association Award — Luke Buckley recently attended the Montana Water Well Drillers Association annual convention in Billings. During the convention’s banquet, the Board of Water Well Contractors publicly presented him with a plaque acknowledging his long-standing work developing MBMG’s Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) and the ‘DrillerWeb’ on-line water-well-log filing system used by Water Well Contractors.
- State agency monitoring Big Sky water •— Thursday, January 12, 2012
- MBMG hosts Mineral Museum 110th Anniversary — Mineral Museum's colorful history
• The Montana Standard, Sunday Oct 30, 2011
- Examining an Eagle Cliffs rock slide- Jay Gunderson of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology explains how weather changes cause rock slides
• David Grubbs— posted Friday, March 4, 2011
- Drinking, bathing come with a price
• By K.J. HASCALL — Hungry Horse News — Hagadone Corporation
— Wednesday, March 2, 2011
- Ravalli County begins multi-year evaluation of
septic impacts— By Jeff Schmerker—The Missoulian—Tues, July 13,2010
- The puzzle of the Parrot: What to do with mine tailings up to us — The Montana Standard —Standard Editorial | Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010
- Montana Mining Association awards Bureau staff mining engineer, Robin Mc Culloch, 2010 Award of Excellence — May 26, 2010
- Monday Musings: Meet "Indiana Jones" of the Parrot
Hydrogeologist Nicholas Tucci is on a mission. His worthy goal is to track what lies beneath the very heart of Butte — By Roberta Stauffer— Montana Standard opinion editor — Monday, April 5, 2010
- Chilean aftershocks
Mike Stickney, director of earthquake studies for Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Tech, on Monday studies the seismic monitor readout that shows the massive earthquake in Chile. — By Nick Gevock— Montana Standard —Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010
- Dam malfunction not linked to quake
A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded 5.5 kilometers south-southwest of the Hebgen
Lake dam the day the intake tower malfunctioned. But seismic experts say the quake
probably didn’t trigger the tower’s still elusive malfunction.— By JESSICA MAYRER Chronicle staff writer— published by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Monday, September 8, 2008
- North Hills Temporary Controlled Ground Water Area (CGWA) — Helena Independant Record—
- DNRC Proposal for Decision
- Research geologist receives award—
Dick Berg, senior research geologist at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology and curator of Montana Tech's Mineral Museum, received the Hal Williams Hardinge award— Southwest Montana Snapshots —By The Standard Staff —published by the Montana Standard –03/01/2008
- Between rocks and a hard place —
Homeowners in the Gallatin Valley have serious concerns over the proliferation of permits for gravel pits in unzoned areas, where they are often approved adjacent to existing homes— By JODI HAUSEN, Chronicle Staff Writer—published by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle –02/24/2008
- Small earthquakes recorded near Augusta, West Yellowstone —
The Earthquake Studies Office in Butte detected a small temblor 14 miles southwest of Augusta Tuesday and another quake 10 miles northeast of West Yellowstone.— published by the Helena Independent Record - February 22, 2007
- Bureau of Mines detects nuke —
Nearly half a world away, Montana was made aware of North Korea’s nuclear testing with the help of sensitive equipment at the state Bureau of Mines and Geology — published by the Montana Standard- October 10, 2006
- Here today, gone tomorrow?
Geologist David Lopez says that it's "spooky" how deep one large crack in the Rimrocks is —published by the Billings Gazette- August 20, 2006
- Leaky ditches key to Stillwater County groundwater —
Building of subdivisions has had little effect on aquifer, study says— Published in the Billings Gazette-September 20, 2006
- Septic shock: Poor soils stalling development near Butte —
Hydrogeologist John LaFave of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology explains how groundwater moves through the bedrock and decomposed granite common to the Summit Valley.— published in the Montana Standard– September 17, 2006
- North Valley Groundwater Study Underway —
Activity continues on the Big Horn Conservation District ground-water study — published in Big Sky Briefs- September 18, 2006
- Panning for gold —
MBMG's Mineral Museum’s field trip about the history of early Silver Bow County gold miners called, “The Quest for Gold.” —published in the Montana Standard — August 27, 2006
- Volunteers, Forest Service rebuild Eustache Creek
Reclaiming in the Ninemile Valley — published in the Missoulian- August, 2006
- All about the Bureau—Bureau of Mines plays multi-faceted role in providing information by Susan Barth (published in the Montana Standard, Big Sky Life, October 2, 2005)
- Local sapphires' source still remains a mystery
by Dick Berg (published in the Montana Standard, Science Mine Series, December 21, 2002)
- Global Positioning How on earth does it work?
by Ken Sandau (published in the Montana Standard, Science Mine Series, April 13, 2002)
- How the Red in Red Mountain Came To Be
by Karen Porter (published in the Montana Standard, Science Mine Series, January 26, 2002)
- Where Does Radon Come From and Why Is There So Much in Butte?
by Kate Miller (published in the Montana Standard, Science Mine Series, January 19, 2002)