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Spain was a major source of gold to the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago.  Today a Canadian mining company seeks to reopen or at least extend these old gold resources.  (more…)

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Here from the CostMine  2012 Survey Results for African Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits are some South African mining salaries.  (more…)

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The following is an “article” that I repeat as is from a recent ACG newsletter. Andy Robertson of InfoMine and Robertson GeoConsultants wrote this.  The “article” is at its simplest an announcement of an upcoming conference.  But at its most complex this is a scary story of potential dragons let loose on the world to scare the populace into non-mining.  Here is what he wrote: (more…)

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Just in from CostMine is the 2012 Survey Results for African Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  This is a first and sure to become a staple of the mining industry and for all those who work or seek to work or mine in Africa.  I cannot tell or comment on all in one posting.  So here follows a brief survey of the continent as a whole—in future postings I will look at the data for individual countries. (more…)

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Winter brings gray skys and rain–at least in Vancouver.  The sun shone today for the Met Opera broadcast, at the local movie house, of Otello.  As did the sun last week for L’Elisir d’Amore, and before that for The Tempest.  For the best part of winter is opera. (more…)

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Drive through the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico and see those magnificent red sandstone cliff, standing proud in spite of thousands of years of erosion.   It is one of my favorite sights.  It is spectacular to behold.  It tells me that landscapes can be the same for very long times. (more…)

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This week a victory for potato farmers and a reminder that poorly devised mine plans can and should face tough criticism in the public domain.  As a native Ontarian, I can’t help but share some perspective and links on the matter. 

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In yesterday’s blog posting, I speculated on the potential for use by Californian quarries of recycled sewage water.  Today I read an abstract of a paper to be presented in Lima, Peru next year at the conference on Mine Water Solutions. (more…)

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Another day of webcasts on mining and yet another long argument over the future of mining.  We opined in the webcast that filter-pressed tailings is the only way to go with the future of tailings: if a mine cannot afford the costs, they should not begin, for they will not be able to end.  Unless they can afford an embankment dam of compacted, durable rock and closure to a site that becomes a place where the rich may recreate like at Cannon Mine that is now a riding stable for the rich. (more…)

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The only topic to blog about is the short & long-term future of tailings.  These musings are prompted by today’s webcast on tailings by way of thanks to EduMine.  Me, Robert Cooke of Patterson and Cooke, plus Ian Hutchison of SES started a three-day, three hours a day  webcast on advanced tailings management. (more…)

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