​Cinnabar Mining - A Complex Situation

We've been playing around with mercury since around 7,100 BC when we first daubed red paint made from mercury sulphide onto cave walls in Turkey.  The mercury sulphide came from natural deposits of a volcanic mercury sulphide ore called cinnabar.  The bright red ore was ground into a fine powder and used to colour pain...
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​Could There Be A New Commodities SuperCycle Ahead?

Last month a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm hinted in reasonably strong terms that they believe indicators are pointing to what could be a new supercycle for commodities over the coming months. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, it comes on the back of the global health and economic disaster that is covid-19...
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​The Future For Gold – Is It Brighter Than Ever?

The price of gold is soaring to new levels despite, or perhaps because of, the woes befalling the global economy, and pundits predict it will go higher yet, smashing all sorts of previous records. Will it, and just what makes this particular metal so special?  Where Does Most Of The World's Gold Currently End Up? It's a funny thing but – our f...
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​Asteroid Mining – Fact Or Wild Science Fiction?

The SpaceX launch could be more significant than merely signalling the beginnings of private space travel! It costs Elon Musk less than $3,000 per kilo of payload to have his rocket orbiting the solar system. Back in the day, it used to cost the US government close to $55,000 per kilo, putting it out of reach of everyone but governments. And billio...
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​Should Mining CEO's Be Concerned About 'Tech Heads' Getting Involved In Mining?

What do Elon Reeve Musk FRS, William Henry Gates III, Jeffrey Preston Bezos, and Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson have in common? Apart from their money? Quite a lot as it turns out. All of them have made their fortunes on the back of innovative, creative ideas that push boundaries, as have many others like them. They're invariably involved in ...
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The dynamics of the commodity world are changing

Driven by increasing concerns about environmental issues like global warming and sustainability, the world is looking for a more eco-friendly future. This demand has fuelled the quest to develop better, cleaner technologies like electric cars and renewable energy. Which in turn is driving up demand for the raw materials needed for these technologie...
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Could Australia Become A Major World Player In The Supply Of Rare Earth Minerals?

Rare earth elements are not quite as rare as their name suggests. The 'rare' bit dates back to when the term was used to describe something 'unusual' or 'strange'. In reality these minerals are found in many places in the earth's crust, often in combination with other minerals and often in hitherto uncommercial quantities. They are also a very hot ...
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Rare Earth Commodities – Demand Is Stepping Up

According to Statista the world will have 4.68 billion mobile phones  by 2019. Two and a half billion of these at least will be smart phones. By 2016 there were already one million electric cars travelling the highways and byways of the world.In mid 2018 we passed the three million mark ! We also know that once 'things' reach what is called th...
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