For as long as he can remember Eckart Buhlmann has loved forests, lakes, grasslands, the sea, mountains, rocks and being on the land – all of this while he grew up in the big, beautiful city, Berlin.
While still a child, Eckart’s friends noticed he was very good at finding things. When rival gangs hid their gold treasures, it was usually Eckart who unearthed them. Perhaps this is why Eckart dreamed of becoming a full-time treasure hunter when he grew up.
Eckart went on to study mineralogy at the Free University of Berlin and finished his education seven years later at the University of Heidelberg with a PhD degree in his pocket.
As a treasure hunter, Eckart’s greatest discovery was his lovely wife, Lore. Together their sweetest surprises were their daughters and son.
With his young family, this budding treasurer hunter/mineralogist moved to Central Africa to spend time working on the vast, rich copper-cobalt mines. It was there that Eckart delved into the puzzling relationship between cobalt and nickel in ores.
Eckart and his growing family then moved to Zimbabwe and South Africa to help discover new deposits of nickel and copper. After living for several years near Earth’s largest meteorite impact crater among many of the world’s richest gold mines by Johannesburg, South Africa, Eckart and his family decided it was time to move on to Canada.
Eckart grew to love the vast country of Canada with so much of its bedrock hidden under endless glacial debris. For a treasure hunter/mineralogist, Canada held huge discovery potential.
After a few years as the chief geologist on a small silver mine in the majestic and remote Great Bear Lake region of Northern Canada and many exploration seasons in different parts of this huge country, Eckart moved to the mining town of Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Taking on the role as instructor and researcher at the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, Eckart now finds many opportunities to win over young people to “treasure hunting”, prospecting and exploring.