Technical session, tours part of silica sand conference

By |  August 22, 2012

Registration is now open for the Conference on the Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin, presented jointly by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Precambrian Research Center and the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. The conference will be held Oct.1-3 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

A goal of the conference is to answer many of the questions stakeholders have raised about the development of silica sand. A welcoming banquet will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, followed by a technical session on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Wednesday, Oct. 3 will entail a full-day tour of several silica mines, processing plants and loading facilities in western and central Wisconsin.

This conference is being hosted concurrently with the 57th annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, drawing groundwater scientists, professionals, and engineers from 14 states.

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