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Archive for September, 2009

  We may laugh at Gadaffi’s United Nations speech and his call to divide Switzerland into three and then to unite each linguistic region with its linguistic equivalent in France, Germany, or Italy respectively.  (more…)

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    If there is a mining museum or institute out there seeking a person to honor as a hero, may I nominate Jose Pinera(more…)

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I have not posted this week as I have been travelling in Chile and visiting a mine in the Atacama desert.  One sits in a plane for an interminable lifetime of sitting and eating to get there.  It is almost like being a moth waiting to emerge from a luxury cocoon: you are important, except that to display your worth you have to undergo a trial by travel. 

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A late  Sunday night observation.  I found this from England:

Widely respected fund manager Bill Mott is worried a bubble is developing in the mining sector.

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     A warm, almost muggy day with a promise of sunshine for the weekend.  No rain in sight, although a light shower last night.   Being Friday, there is no imperative to deal with the heavy subjects of mining: USA uranium laws, mountaintop permits, powerlines to new mines, the rights of multiple nations, or event the price of gold.  Instead we delight in this story from the coal mines of West Virginia.   I repeat in its entirety as I find it so fascinating a sketch of mining, ambition, and blunder. (more…)

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   Two news items today highlight the differences between Canada and Zimbabwe—if ever there was a need for insight into that obvious subject.   The first from MineWeb (more…)

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    Last week I posted a piece entitled BHP woes Rio Tinto with diamond; and vica versa. Or from Ekati and Diavik with love.

Today I notice a posting on Mineweb entitled Zimbabwe approves $400m worth of projects as it woes foreign investors. (more…)

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   No aliens–humans only.  One of the themes of District 9, a movie we went to see last night.

My university days were spent in Johannesburg.   The slimes days are still there and in vast view in the movie.  Here is a picture of the Driefontein gold mine slimes dam. (more…)

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    Heap leach pads are piles of mine-derived rock that is placed on a liner and flushed with solutions to liberate the gold, copper, or nickel in the rocks.  At this link I have written extensively about the design, construction, operation, and closure of heap leach pads(more…)

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    Browsing through the detritus of news on the internet, I found this quote from Cynthia Carroll, the lady in charge of Anglo American, that old South African company seeking to break the final bonds of apartheid by developing the Pebble Mine in Alaska.  (more…)

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