Note: For readers not familiar with the concept of our “Melmania” section,
this is where your editor can take any subject and develop arguments regarding
some ultimate conclusions. Since some of those conclusions might sound
extremely radical, the name of “Melmania” seems appropriate.
My apologies for not adding comments over the past few days, but your editor has
been exceedingly busy bringing another production to completion in the face of
truly onerous deadlines. That is over, thank goodness, so we can now pay closer
attention to what is happening in our cozy little world of metals prices and
We are indebted to a group of Finnish geologists who were hard at work
attempting to explain away a series of huge boulders in northern Quebec - which
happen to be prospective for both gold and uranium. The great question was how
they happened to be in such a remote location in the first place? The answer the
gurus from Finland came up with was glacial movement. But they also threw in
this kicker: in order for the geologic events to have taken place in an
explicable manner, the glaciers would have had to have moved FAST - at least in
That got us to thinking about relative climatic changes over the past one
hundred centuries or 10,000 years.
At the height of the preceding Ice Age, the glaciers are known to have reached
at least as far south as southern North Dakota, near the 46th parallel of
latitude. The range of permanent ice in the Arctic Ocean or on Ellesmere Island
today is located at about the 75th parallel, a distance of about 3,000 km north
of North Dakota.. Therefore, in 100 centuries, the ice would have had to retreat
at a rate of about 30 kilometres per century - or an average of close to 700
metres per year! That isn’t just retreating slowly, it is galloping!
Compared to today’s rate of mountain glacier retreat in British Columbia or
Alberta, the ice ages of old were in a class by themselves - and yet, there was
obviously not the slightest hint of human activity which could account for the
amazing speed the glaciers accomplished in their backward retreat.
However, isn’t it odd that the modern day scientists who are screaming
“Human-Caused- Global-Warming” in a maddeningly shrill crescendo, never seem to
place today’s warming within the historic concepts of the earth’s geologic
history. Doesn’t that seem to be a rather strange - and important - omission
from proper scientific procedure which presumably is supposed to objectively
examine every important fact relating to a question under investigation?
There is a theory which has been put forward which would seem to be relevant and
that is the cycle of sun-spots. As they increase, it seems to make sense that
more heat would be radiated into the solar system, and vice versa. That could
account for the enormous climatic cycles which have affected the earth’s
vegetation, ocean movements and continental drift since geologic history began
to be recorded. At least it is a theory which should be investigated thoroughly.
But the mad dash toward the ‘politically correct’ theory of
human-caused-climatic-change appears to be in the ascendancy, a theory which a
skeptic such as myself might notice has enormous implications for access by the
obedient scientific community to the treasuries of the world’s nations as
legislatures pass regulations and laws requiring their universities to
investigate means to solve this ultra-important ‘crisis’.
As noted earlier, unless this horrific dash toward over-regulation of the entire
world, specifically including the mining industry, is reduced, the implications
for mineral production and mine development in coming decades could be dismal
Just some thoughts which go against the grain of the current media stampede...