​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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​The Metals Of Antiquity – Tin

The metals of antiquity are the seven metals which humans had identified and found use for in prehistoric times: gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron, and mercury. 1 Although the circumstances surrounding the original discovery of tin – when, where, how – have never been established with any degree of certainty, and have given rise to numerous the...
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​The Metals Of Antiquity – Copper

If gold has been humankind's most valuable friend throughout the ages, copper has certainly been our most useful. Kind of like dogs and cats, or horses and dogs for the horse fanciers amongst us. Copper has been the more important 'friend' to us in terms of its usefulness, because we used it to make tools, weapons and various other implements. Gold...
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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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​Gold: A Trip Down Memory Lane

For more than 6000 years, gold has held its place at the head of the economics value chain. This unswerving longevity has produced a confidence that this situation isn't likely to change anytime soon. Historically gold has underpinned governments, currencies, and entire economies. It still does – gold is the only metal central banks and governments...
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​Dozens, And Counting, of Uses For Silver

Silver has been playing second investment fiddle to its more popular cousin gold for some time but that doesn't mean it isn't a vary valuable commodity in its own right. It also probably doesn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that where gold goes, silver isn't usually very far behind. In other words, the two commodities often share similar...
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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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