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Archive for January, 2010

Too often we read about the impending “crisis” in the mining industry when all the old folk like me retire, supposedly taking our expertise away with us and leaving a void in the knowledge and experience field.  (more…)

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  Cardiff was once the coal mining capital of the world.  Just besides the harbor was the coal exchange where the daily price of coal was set.   Mining in Wales goes back much further than that.   The native-born, Welsh-speaking miner who was my host told me that the Romans in the days of the Empire mined gold in the Welsh hills.  Also in the 1700s, British navy ships would sail up to the north of Wales to have their hulls line with Welsh copper.  Then there was coal mining.  Wikipedia tells us: (more…)

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You do not have to be a Democrat to agree with Hillary Clinton when she says that countries that cannot freely access the internet will be left behind.   I suspect that not only will these countries be left behind, their citizens will die in disproportionate numbers. (more…)

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   It is plus ten degrees  Celsius in Vancouver–balmy weather for mid-winter.  It was minus ten degrees Celsius in Fort McMurray–also balmy weather for mid-winter.  The temperatures in Fort McMurray are perfect for the field work that took me there: cold enough to keep everything frozen, but not so cold as to impede working outside constructing things.  (more…)

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Normally I would not copy and paste an entire article from another source.  I do so below because I consider the article and news announcement about a new site from CIM on Corporate Social Responsibility significant.  I trust Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly folk will not be offended if I repeat their article in full; they have done us a service in bringing it to our attention.  I hope only to augment their efforts.  Here is the full article. (more…)

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A short note to call your attention to a posting on the site The Oil Drum on the mining of oil sands and Avatar.  The posting includes a well-illustrated summary of the processes of oil sands mining and a brief note that the movie gets the mining process wrong: they use a bucket wheel excavator.   As the posting notes: (more…)

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 A week today, I fly to South Africa.  Last time I was there was nearly twenty years ago.  Here is something I once wrote and never “published” or posted.  It is part of a tribute to Professor J.E. Jennings who taught me soil mechanics and introduced me to mining.   He also instilled in me a regard for others that even now is not universal.  (more…)

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