​Lead Poisoning – An Ancient Problem That Is Still Happening Today

Many living things, including humans, need micro quantities of certain essential minerals for good health. The list includes iron, copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, potassium, iodine and others. Lead is conspicuously absent. In fact, health authorities around the world have been revising their RDI for lead d...
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​Industrial Mining Tourism – A New Opportunity For Old Mining Areas

Fancy a holiday tripping (literally and figuratively) around some of the world's premier wine making regions? Perhaps you're a tech fan, in which case a tour of places like Silicon Valley would be more your 'bent'. Either way, these types of holidays, where the destination is more about visiting the industrial sites associated with that destination...
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​2021 – What Does It Have In Store For Mining?

 As 20 21 gets underway, and we reflect back on the interesting year that was 2020, it's worth noting a few key factors, and how those may well affect what is to come.  There's no doubt that 2020 will go down in history as a watershed year. So many things about the way we operate, particularly at a global level, may well have changed fore...
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​Spotlight On Medical Geology

Perhaps you have an interest in geologic matter, and helping people? If so, a career as a medical geologist could be what you're looking for!  In its broadest sense, medical geology studies exposure to or deficiency of trace elements and minerals; inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, mod...
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​Mining And How It Can Affect Food Security In Africa

In 1996 the World Food Summit came up with a definition for 'food security', namely that it is achieved " at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels, when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and heal...
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When Past Meets Present, And There's An Explosion

A series of events playing out in Western Australia's Pilbara region at the moment looks set to have a significant role in changing the way both social and official mining licences are granted. The story thus far involves a large corporation and 48,000 years of indigenous heritage. Ironically, the Goliath involved in this tussle has been warning th...
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Local Content Policies - Do They Work?

​ When mining companies can clearly demonstrate a project will provide tangible benefits for local communities, they're far more likely to obtain a social licence to operate that project. However, as we pointed out recently in another article, technological advances that lead to increasing automation of local mining operations will potentially redu...
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​Australia's Pilbara – A Sense Of Community?

We read and hear a lot about the effects of FIFO work on the workers themselves but what about the effects of a transitory population on some of the towns and regions where these workers are based.  This is the first in a series where we take a look at the FIFO 'scene' from the other side of the equation.  From the perspective of the comm...
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Mining And Its Impact On Local Communities

The mining industry impacts significantly on local communities economically, socially and environmentally. A social licence to operate should ensure these impacts are positive, and clearly understood by the communities. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the ways in which mining activities can impact on local communities. Mining activi...
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