• MIRL was established to aid in the development of Alaska’s mineral and energy resources.

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  • The faculty and facilities of MIRL provide an important public service to the mineral industry.

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  • MIRL is devoted to finding, developing and utilizing Alaska’s minerals.

Current Areas of Emphasis

Mineral Processing
Processing strategies for all types of ores, improving recoveries, fine particle separation.
Mine Ventilation
Ventilation design and arctic issues.
Ground Control
Rock and soil testing underground structure.
Mineral Economics
Reserve estimation, mineral market evaluation.
Computational Tools
Mining data for mine-mill reconciliation, mine optimization.
Ground water modeling and soil remediation.
System Engineering
Production simulation.

MIRL Spotlight

Ucore Rare Metals Press Release on MIRL Research

Ucore Rare Metals, a publicly traded company, issued a press release on continuing research being undertaken at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) on mineralized material from the Bokan-Dotson Ridge ("Bokan") project in Southeast Alaska.

Ucore states that "Dr. Ganguli's team is seeking to optimize the recovery of rare earth minerals from the feedstock, including target metals such as dysprosium, terbium and yttrium. The focus of the research is the upgrading of Bokan material including leaching by adjusting a number of factors including acid type, acid concentration, and leach temperature. Ucore will be considering the final results of this research and undertaking cost – benefit analysis of the various procedures, as it fine tunes its mineral processing flowsheet, prior to undertaking pilot plant testing of the process."

Please see Ucore Updates on Research by University of Alaska Fairbanks for the full text of the press release.

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  • Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL)
  • PO Box 75 5800
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5800, USA