Iron Ore in Canada: A Symposium
JOHN CONVEY, Symposium Chairman
IRON ORE was first smelted in Canada about the year 1736 at Les Forges, Quebec - a most appropriate name for such a historic locale. During these early years of the 18th, 19th, and first quarter of this century, about six million tons of ore were mined and employed in the manufacture of items ranging all the way from kettles, stoves, and cannon for the early settlers to weapons of war for the allied armies of World War I. But this symposium on iron ore is not concerned with this early period. Instead, it is concerned with the iron ore industry of today - an industry which will soon become one of the two most valuable mineral industries in Canada. The subject in its broad geographic and economic aspects will be introduced by Mr. Buck; Dr. Harrison will describe the geology and origin of the principal iron ore deposits; Dr. Downes will go into beneficiation as it applies to iron ores; and Mr. Gertsman will discuss primary processing. The symposium will not deal with the steel end of the industry, because that phase itself could well form the subject of a symposium.
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