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Today I did not work.  Instead I took a very old friend and his wife to the Britannia Mining Museum in winter.  It was a clear, sparkling day; cold but brisk; beautiful views out over the sound to the distant blue mountains.  (more…)

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Late evening in Santiago, but still I must post this information.  At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC.  It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. It takes a while to download, but be patient.  The resultant product is well worth the wait.  (more…)

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Here is a link to a good blog posting on working on a mine as a chemist.   To encourage you to click the link and read the entire post, I quote here the first two paragraphs: (more…)

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Hyperbole and inflation in advertizing to the mining industry is an expected standard.  But the prose posted on the web about Neil Jagger reaches new heights of cloying adulation.  This would be forgivable were the prose precise and readable; but when the grammar is suspect and the intent even more suspect, we can but sit back and laugh.  (more…)

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   The idea of a company sponsoring a competition to solve an industrial problem, is not new.   I recall somewhere a competition by a large mining company that resulted in an innovative solution.  Problem is that a Google search brings up competitions in data mining.  (more…)

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    Lithium is used in drugs to help middle-aged ladies (and others) deal with depression.  One person I know has benefited greatly from a regime of lithium pills, although sometimes the mood-swings get to be disconcerting. 

Lithium could also be used in batteries for electric cars.  Where will all the lithium come from?  One report notes: 

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The future of mining is undefinable.  But that is no reason to miss out on the opportunity to attend another conference.  From November 19 to 21, 2008 you can go to The University of New South Wales and the Australian Institute on Mining and Metallurgy’s conference The First International Future Mining Conference & Exhibition 2008.

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A fellow InfoMine blogger notes that the price of lead is way up. I thought of lead paint, but realized more painting of expensive houses cannot possibly be the reason for the increased price of lead. I could, however, not think of any other uses for lead. Hence to the web to find these common uses of lead –what does increased use tell us of improvements of living standards? In brief, lead is used in: lead acid batteries; ceramic glazes; fishing sinkers; the base metal of organ pipes; ballast keels of sailboats; and scuba diving weight belts. So we must be driving and recreating more to be using so much more lead?

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This weekend the two grandsons got three new games for the PlayStation 2. The room resounds with the clash and bang of competing armies and navies and combatants as they guide them through the maze and the mayhem. I had qualms about so many new violent games. And with tomorrow being Memorial Day is all seemed somehow inappropriate. But then I received this in an e-mail:
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