“This guy is playing his cards right though. Using mineral exploration to feed our growing agricultural demand is a big topic right now. There are a lot of investors waiting to jump onto that ship. What I find interesting is that he doesn't mention any processing before shipping his product.. Carbonatites are definitely a great source of potassium, calcium and phosphorus, but they can also be quite rich in some less desirable elements like uranium, thallium, and most notably the rare earth elements. When he mentions those green "bands", his samples sound very similar to the samples from the deposit I studied. Except my green bands were entirely aegirine, not a harmful mineral. However these Silicic areas were also loaded with uranoanpyrochlore. Some of my samples from these aegirine rich portions had up to 5 weight percent uranium. That being said, he seems like the kind of guy who makes sure to consistently test his samples to make sure they're not overly abundant in volatiles. Nice piece Mike thanks for the share.”
Boreal Agrominerals Inc. mission is to help re-establish geoscience’s major role in soil science which has been pre-empted over the past 50 years as chemical farming, monoculture and agribusiness increasingly dominated the agricultural sciences. The global imperatives for environmental and ecological sustainability, along with safe and nutritious food will require the advanced capabilities of geoscience, in particular the study of the reactivity of unique natural minerals in various soil systems and the plant nutrients made available by the complex biological/mineralogical interactions. Sustainable farming requires a new field of analytical procedures to facilitate the audit of minerals from rocks through the food chain while sustaining healthy organic soils. Sustainable farming also requires the revision and development of new regional and farm soil databases. Evolving in large part due to the internet is a superior interdisciplinary science paradigm, which recognizes that soil dynamics as perhaps the world's most complex set of systems.
We were aware of the inevitability of ever more stringent control of the toxic metals and pathogens contained in fertilizers and soil amendment products. Agricultural environmental legislation is already in force in various jurisdictions and will certainly be the future requirement for Ontario agriculture. Anticipating the demand for extremely clean and safe products we incorporated these standards into our exploration search parameters. We also targeted the most reactive minerals as superior for organic and conventional operations. Following this very stringent search parameters the acquisition of the Spanish River Carbonatite complex was made 1993. The Spanish River Carbonatite is unique because to date we have not encountered the hazardous elements you questioned in your facebook comments. In fact the deposit is devoid of pyrochlore. Further geological and mineralogical interpretation is required to describe this very unique phenomenon. The best explanation or hypothesis we have so far are:
1. the intrusion has very low fluorine content suggested by the absence of the mineral pyrochlore (Ca,Na)2(Nb,Ta)2O6F (Hogarth, 1989).
2. uranium, thorium, cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metal contents are low (Sage 1897a) particularly compared with other Carbonatite complexes (Hogarth, 1989, Sage 1987b).
These observations are important, particularly low fluorine content, which precludes the formation of pyrochlore and the corresponding accumulation of radioactive ions and heavy metals (Hogarth 1989). Low fluorine also results in the substitution of chlorine for fluorine in the apatite mineral. Chlorapatite is considered more soluble then fluorapatite (Veldhuyzen, 2002).
Boreal has undertaken exhaustive studies of raw rocks utilized in agriculture and like you have found that many natural sources of minerals contain high levels of potentially hazardous metals, particularly rock phosphate. We have undertaken many speaking engagements to educate farmers on these issues.
The Spanish River Carbonatite has passed all stringent waste management guidelines and is the cleanest source of agrominerals we have evaluated. The only issue we faced in early exploration of the deposit was anomalous rare earths. This prompted a thorough investigation of the role of rare earths in the natural environment. To our surprise the largest database on the subject was from Chinese research which demonstrated positive affects in crop production. This research was investigated by a team lead by Dr. Barry Meehan of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and their report on enhanced productivity of crops and pastures by application of rare earth elements. Wheat, barley, and canola pot trials showed positive responses to lanthanum additions with larger leaves, darker foliage, thicker stems and longer petioles. The increased growth was clearly visible.
Today Boreal has used this research to demonstrate the immense potential of alkali rocks as natural fertilizer and highlight that Spanish River Carbonatite is a complex mineral resource as well as supplying given essential macro and micronutrients unquestionably supplies a whole lot more through catalytic clays, reactive silicates, (now recognized as an essential plant nutrient), and rare earths.
CEO Boreal Agrominerals Inc.