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…)
Archive for September, 2009
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)