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Daring Lake Research Facility



July 28, 2010 – Comments (2)

I am on the Tundra close to the Arctic circle at Daring Lake Research Facility.  This is the type of camp that could be set up for geological exploration camp looking for minerals, or in this area, diamonds.  BHP, Rio Tinto and others have mining claims and there is a diamond mine about 50 km away. 

One of the big things about this camp is its use of energy.  It uses solar panel, wind power and then if needed there is a generator.  What the camp research on set up costs are that although it costs 5 times more to set such a system up, the operating costs pay it back in about 2 years.  To fly 1200 liters of fossel fuel uses 900 liters of fuel in the airplane, not too efficient.

Anyway, I will be taking a closer look at the energy systems in this camp.

On another note, yesterday we walked through swamp kind of land where your feet sink into to hit the permafrost.  That was really cool.

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#1) On July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM, lemoneater (57.86) wrote:

Wish I were there! I will be interested to hear your conclusions about different kinds of energy based on your visit.

Is that diamond mine industrial or gem quality?

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#2) On July 31, 2010 at 10:56 PM, AbstractMotion (< 20) wrote:

I look forward to seeing your writeup, I also think it would be interesting to see the differences in fuel/power usage between a research station and a production site.

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