Ontario Launches Unique Internet Application

    GeologyOntario Builds On Ontario's Mineral Strength

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government is introducing a new
Internet application that will provide unprecedented access to information
compiled by the Ontario Geological Survey, Northern Development and Mines
Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today at the Prospectors and Developers of
Canada annual convention.
    "We are launching GeologyOntario, a unique service that provides rapid
access to all our geology publications, including reports, maps and assessment
reports," said Bartolucci. "An indispensable tool for understanding Ontario's
wonderful geological endowment, it will promote the sustainable development of
our natural resources."
    Designed and built on the same technologies as the ministry's
internationally recognized Crown Land Automated Internet Map (CLAIMaps)
System, GeologyOntario holds staggering amounts of data. It includes more than
85,000 reports, 168,000 maps from geology publications and client submitted
mining assessment files. Furthermore, hundreds of digital products containing
field data, geophysical surveys, geochemical analyses and geochronological
measurements are available for downloading free of charge.
    "The McGuinty government is working diligently, building on its
considerable strengths, to ensure that our province continues to be a
preferred destination for mineral investment," said Bartolucci. "Launching
GeologyOntario at this important convention is making thousands of delegates
and investors from around the world aware of Ontario's mineral development
    The GeologyOntario website can be accessed at ontario.ca/geology. The
Ontario government is promoting mineral development as part of its Northern
Prosperity Plan. The plan is founded on four key pillars including:
Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving
Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

    Disponible en français.


For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office - Sudbury,
(705) 564-7454; Marc Leroux, MNDM - Sudbury, (705) 670-5869

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