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Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge

January 8, 2020

Conservation X Labs (www.conservationxlabs.com) and a global coalition of partners are awarding $750,000 for bold, scaleable innovations that…
Scientists chose basalt, because the surface of the Moon and Mars contains a lot of this kind of rock. Image credit: NASA via Wikimedia, Public Domain
Scientists are trying to learn to use bacteria for mining in other planets

July 20, 2019

If we are going to colonize space, we need to learn to mine it. Mining is how we…
Plants can help extract valuable metals from mining waste

July 16, 2019

Mining is very important for our entire civilization. We need metals in pretty much every single area of…
More than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 have since closed

February 6, 2019

In the United States, decreasing demand for coal has contributed to lower coal production, which has fallen by more than…
Discovery related to iron deposits to take forward mining industry development in the future

December 26, 2018

Russian scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) together with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) have…
Crushed mining waste can replace cement

November 29, 2018

Mountains of mining waste from all over the world are waiting to be resurrected as concrete construction material.…
Startup Licenses UA-Invented Mining Sensor Network

January 9, 2018

University of Arizona startup GUIA has licensed a mining communication and sensor platform developed by faculty in the…
The Courtship Between IoT and Mining

October 12, 2017

The mining industry has already felt the positive impact of IoT. This phenomenon has transformed the way things…
Mined Open Innovation Challenge

September 23, 2017

The Ontario Mining Association, which represents some of the world’s leading resources companies operating in Ontario, is partnering with…
Study: Mountaintop Coal Mining Causes Appalachian Rivers to Run ‘Consistently Saltier’

July 25, 2017

Mountaintop-removal coal mining causes many streams and rivers in Appalachia to run consistently saltier for up to 80…
Startup Licenses UA Mining Safety Training Program

June 6, 2017

The University of Arizona has licensed an interactive training program developed at the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources to startup…
Microwaving rocks may change the entire industry of mineral processing

February 11, 2017

Mining is a big industry and is extremely important as well. Many other sectors depend on it heavily…
Uranium in Spring Water North of Grand Canyon Likely Not Related to Nearby Mining Activity

January 25, 2017

Uranium levels in Pigeon Spring, just north of the Grand Canyon, are likely due to a natural source…
Autonomous Volvo trucks are being tested in mines in Sweden

September 13, 2016

Trucks are moving the world nowadays. They are modern workhorses and they are essential part of growing a…
Dawn of mineral resources generation

April 6, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated the rapid growth over just two years of mineral deposits…
Central Appalachia Flatter Due to Mountaintop Mining

February 12, 2016

Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 40 percent flatter than they were…
Mitigating the effects of mining

January 20, 2016

In the face of ongoing demand for resource extraction, scientists are challenged to minimize disruption to sensitive wilderness…
USGS Reports Large Shifts in Global Primary Tantalum Mining from 2000 to 2014

December 11, 2015

The United States is completely reliant on imports of tantalum, which is a commonly used element in electronics,…
Mining gold from sewage

November 20, 2015

Research undertaken by the Cardiff University has unveiled a “consistently high” amount of gold in the UK’s sewers.…
Toxic metals exposures lower school scores and slow childhood development in Australia’s mining and smelting communities

October 7, 2015

High levels of toxic metals, found in and near mining towns, could be negatively influencing the neurological development…
New technology boosts productivity and savings in mineral exploration

September 30, 2015

A CSIRO-led innovation that enables fast automated analysis of rock materials directly from drill sites is to be…
Output per miner-hour rises as smaller coal mines close

September 4, 2015

Coal mining productivity increased in 2013, averaging 5.5 short tons per miner hour, reversing a trend of declining…
Archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric gold trade route

June 8, 2015

Archaeologists at the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient gold trade route between the south-west…
Hydraulic Fracturing (Frac) Sand Sources and Production in the United States

May 28, 2015

Newly released research from the U.S. Geological Survey describes U.S. hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand deposits and their locations,…
Draining of lake showcases geological goldmine

May 25, 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study some of the state’s oldest rock formations has been captured by University of…
Landfills a bonanza for metal reuse

May 20, 2015

Mining is not often associated with sustainability, but an innovative above-ground form of it that extracts minerals and…
Mining pollution alters fish genetics in south west England

May 18, 2015

Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of…
New Mineral Science Shows Promise for Reducing Environmental Impacts from Mining

May 14, 2015

Mining companies, land managers, and regulators now have a wealth of tools to aid in reducing potential mining…
Safer Conditions for Mine Workers?

November 11, 2014

UA mining and materials science engineers are finding ways to convert mine tailings into insulation for cooling hot…
Does offsetting make up for habitat loss due to mining?

June 19, 2014

OPINION: “Biodiversity offsetting” – protecting animals and plants in one area to make up for negative impacts in…
One of the last strongholds for Western chimpanzees

April 10, 2014

When Liberia enters the news it is usually in the context of civil war, economic crisis, poverty or…
West cashes in on resources boom, but inequality also up

February 27, 2014

The mining boom has left the average Western Australian family nearly twice as well off since it began.…
Do mining companies have a “social licence” to operate?

February 18, 2014

Australian mining companies are employing a debatable and ill-defined concept to justify their presence in local communities, University…
Mining no shortcut for Greenland

January 30, 2014

Greenland would benefit most by permitting a limited number of mines, operational for a limited number of years,…
Helping miners find the right water balance

December 4, 2013

The coal mining industry will be better equipped to manage water and deal with extreme weather events, thanks…
Looking for a new gold mine? We’ve got the map

October 29, 2013

As published this month in Nature Geoscience, researchers and industry partners have produced the first major ‘cat scan of…
Gold mining ravages Peru

October 29, 2013

For the first time, researchers have been able to map the true extent of gold mining in the…
Indonesian Community in the dark over nickel mine

October 7, 2013

A vulnerable Indonesian community has been let down by a failing legal system and international human rights mechanisms,…
Banishing explosive sparks in underground mines

September 18, 2013

Vintage space technology was dug up recently to make mines around the world safer by reducing the risks…
The end of the boom? Someone forgot to tell the resource companies

August 20, 2013

When the large resource houses seek to invest in capital-intensive and costly minerals projects, what goes through their…
NASA Technology May Breathe Life, Safety Into Mines

July 16, 2013

A technology used by NASA to protect crews working around hazardous gases soon could be called on for…
After millennia of mining, copper nowhere near ‘peak’

July 4, 2013

New research shows that existing copper resources can sustain increasing world-wide demand for at least a century, meaning…
Elevated Lead Levels Found in Songbirds Living in Historic Mining District

June 26, 2013

About half of ground-feeding songbirds collected from a historic lead mining district in southeast Missouri contained toxic levels…
Data mining takes opal mining into the 21st century

May 16, 2013

The first digital opal map for the Australian continent, showing where gem-quality opal is most likely to be…
Discovery of rare earths just below seafloor

May 8, 2013

Rare-earth elements and yttrium (REY) are crucial elements for novel electronic equipment and green-energy technologies, and world demand…
Coal and gas fail the test when it comes to environmental impact

April 29, 2013

There has been an acceleration in the number of coal seam gas and mining proposals approved in Australia. Since…
Mine Disaster in 2007 had Hundreds of Aftershocks

April 24, 2013

A new University of Utah study has identified hundreds of previously unrecognized small aftershocks that happened after Utah’s…
Correlation between CSG wells and radon concentrations in the atmosphere

April 16, 2013

New research has found a significant link between concentrations of radon gas in coal seam gas (CSG) fields…
Is the next mining boom on the ocean floor?

April 15, 2013

Defence behemoth Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of a venture into deep sea mining (DSM) reflects growing interest in exploiting virgin…
Koalas and mine site restoration

February 19, 2013

One of the guiding principles of rehabilitating disturbed landscapes and mine sites – that if you restore their…
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