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Needle, Dipping

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Nom de l'objet : Needle, Dipping
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools & Equipment for Minerals
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Mining & Mineral Harvesting T&E
Discipline : History
Numéro d'accession : 1995.1.154
Description : The dip needle is a black round cylinder with a glass top which reveals numbers ranging from 0 to 360 around the circumference of the cylinder. An arm extends from the side of the cylinder to the center and holds a magnetized needle. Needle swings on grid from 0 to 360 degrees. Two spirit levels, one circular and one tubular, aid in taking angle readings. Made by 'Sharpe Instruments Ltd. Toronto Canada' 'Ser 809'. Used by Dr. Aaro Aho in his mining exploration work.
Fonctions : The dip needle is a compass-like magnetic sensing instrument used by prospectors and geologists to measure the angle at which vein, fault or rock unit is inclined from the horizontal. The instrument is held vertically and the needle then points towards a strong magnetic field in the earth. It is essentially a magnetometer that was used for mapping mainly at high altitude. The dip needle is now obsolete, as it is not sensitive enough to detect all magnetic vectors, their strength, or the quality of the vein detected. The dip needle belonged to Dr. Aaro Aho, a geological engineer and prospector who explored the Yukon, including the Keno Hill district for almost twenty seasons. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949 with a B.A and B.Sc in geological engineering. After a working for the Geological Survey of Canada in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon, Dr. Aho went on to study at the University of California and later received a PhD from Oregon State University. His main field of study was in petrol, mineral deposits, geological structures and volcanoes. After earning his PhD in 1954, he was offered a position with the White Pass and Yukon Route. Dr. Aho returned to the north as an exploration manager for the company. Later he opened a consulting business and then Dynasty Explorations. While in the Keno region, he enjoyed collecting stories from the prospectors, old timers and the colourful townsfolk of the area. Before his accidental death in 1977, he wrote a manuscript about the prospecting, mining and settlement of Keno City and its environs. His book proved to be an instrumental log of historical events of this specific area of the Yukon. His work in the mining industry in the Yukon is legendary and so are his efforts for providing Keno City with a chronicle of the past.
Mention de crédit - Image : Keno City Mining Museum
Établissement : Keno Mining Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Keno City
Province de l'établissement : Yukon Territory
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.yukonmuseums.ca/museum/keno/keno.html  

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