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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​Unusual Ways To Repurpose Old Mines

Digging holes in the ground invariably leaves, well, holes in the ground. Especially when a significant portion of what has come out of the hole is not there anymore. Such is the dilemma that has faced mining companies for decades. Today, many jurisdictions dictate that companies submit rehabilitation plans as a condition of getting a licence to di...
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​Going Green – A Major Consideration For Mining CEO's

Companies go 'green' for various reasons, many of which overlap. At one end of the scale we have owners, boards, and executive managers who are so dedicated to sustainability they're doing it regardless, even if it means having to create a niche market for their products. At the other end, we have those who couldn't care less because they're all ab...
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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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​Rock Phosphate Mining – Viable Industry Or Environmental Millstone?

Phosphorus and calcium are the 2 most abundant minerals in our body. Fortunately, a healthy balanced diet that contains enough protein also generally supplies enough of these 2 essential minerals. The most common dietary sources for humans include meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Phosphorus in particular is needed for a multitude of f...
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​Mining Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

Back in 1870 when French author Jules Verne penned what was to become arguably his best known science fiction work he probably never envisioned that a mere 100 years later humans would be contemplating undersea mining! However, even though the mid 1900's discovery of mineral rich nodules on the seabed was tempting, land-based deposits of ...
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​Mining Waste Or Valuable Resource?

Paper manufacturing is one of those contentious industries that are increasingly proving to be environmentally and ecologically unsustainable. Traditional paper manufacturing that is. Traditional paper is made from pulped plant matter, notably trees. Some of the facts about this industry are mind-boggling. For example, according to some sources ONE...
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Is That Aluminium In Your Favourite Coffee Capsule Eco Friendly?

​ It's probably not something one thinks about overly much but when you pop that coffee capsule into your coffee maker first thing in the morning, and at periodic intervals throughout the day, have you considered the carbon footprint just that small action leaves? It's not just about the coffee itself, which may or may not have been sourced from su...
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​Climate Smart Mining And Helping Fuel A Low Carbon Economy

One of the topics that continually appears in most 'top mining trends' lists is that of the industry's role in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. What is a low-carbon economy and what are the implications for the mining industry? Wikipedia defines a 'low-carbon economy' as one based on power sources that are derived from low carbon raw material...
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​Greening Mining Vehicles – The ICMM's Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles

In October 2018 the International Council on Mining and Metals announced its Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles. It comes as a result of some significant statistics around the industry's impact on the environment, and the safety record of mining vehicles. For example, a report compiled by Statista indicated that in 2016 10 mining companies betwe...
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Weeds And Mining

According to Wikipedia, a 'weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place"'. They range in scope from pesky little intruders that mar the smooth perfection of your bowling green lawn right through to marauding invaders that take over entire tracts of land. Either way, they're a nuisance and potentially...
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​Effective Mine Water Management – It Counts

It's a simple substance made up of nothing more than a heap of molecules, each of which consists of an oxygen atom attached to 2 hydrogen atoms, connected to its identical neighbouring molecules via the -+ attraction of hydrogen bonding. Yet it's one of the reasons why the Earth is the only planet within our solar system capable of sustaining life....
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​Mine Water Management In Africa, Japan, And The US

In a previous article we looked at how some South American miners and mines have tackled the thorny issue of water supply and mine water management. This article takes a look at similar projects elsewhere around the world – Africa, Japan, and the US. Thermal coal mining and the eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant In South Africa (Anglo American / BH...
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​Innovative Solutions For Solving Water Supply Problems

​ Access to clean water is now a declared fundamental human right as per the UN's 2010 declaration. It's also a fundamental ingredient in mining operations because no mine can operate without water. However, the two needs often clash. Indeed, cynics might argue that the two uses are mutually exclusive. They have plenty of evidence to back up their ...
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Mining, Mining Workforces, And Their Impact On Small Town Economic Infrastructure

What happens to a town when a mining company moves into town? Studies like this one ​ , commissioned by the City of Karratha in Western Australia for the State Government inquiry into mental illness is FIFO workers, provides a few clues. Communities like Karratha in remote mining regions of the world are impacted greatly by mining operations. They ...
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