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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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Map of Major Mines in Europe

Just released is a new InfoMine map of the major mines and metallurgical facilities in Europe.  You can find it to order at this link.

Two other sites on European mines are:

I was amazed to see the many mines in Europe on this new map.  Just what percentage of the European economy is from mining? If you know, let us know.  Thanks.

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While the United States Congress debates HR4402, a bill which would make it easier and cheaper to mine in the United States, Spanish coal miners are protesting cuts by the Spanish government in subsidies to unprofitable coal mines.   These two seemingly unlinked news stories, highlight the tricky question of to what extent a government should go to nurture a home-grown mining industry when it is cheaper to mine elsewhere. First some details of the Spanish situation from this report(more…)

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Can you help a Russian mining engineer?  I often get personal emails from readers of this blog seeking advice or help.   I cannot help them all; but I try to answer them all and give my opinion that might help them.  (more…)

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The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind when you look at the above photos. I was talking to a colleague about his trip to Timmins, Ontario for an Undergraduate Geological Engineering field trip to visit the old gold and base metal mines. I too had to share a few of my undergraduate field trip stories but my visits to a big motorway or the precast concrete factory just didn’t seem as interesting, so we will be talking about subsidence instead. (more…)

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Clap! The sound a big volume of mining proceedings made when it landed on my desk this morning. Dropped from on high, this volume is the collection of technical papers from an International Symposium on closure of uranium mines at Wismut in Germany. If you haven’t heard of Wismut, then I suggest you get a quick bit of background information from a previous posting on ithinkmining . I have trawled the internet in search of an electronic copy of the preceedings but I can’t seem to come up with any. If anyone has a link, let me know and I’ll repost it. (more…)

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With Mitt Romney well on his way to being the next president, I thought it time to examine their attitudes to mining.  OK, I know there are a few more pesky elections and attacks on Romney’s for his capitalistic sins (firing excess workers at unprofitable companies) to get through, but still the news snippets are fun.  Here are a few.  (more…)

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In the last week of May, folk will gather at this conference:  Remediation of Uranium Mining and Processing Sites – Sustainability and Long Term Aspects.   This is the part of the story that I know: (more…)

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  A short posting to start the week.  Here is a link to the most fascinating presentation at the Tailings and Mine Waste 2010.  It deals with reclamation planning in an area of Spain where mining continued for 2,500 years.  That is not a typo: I repeat two-thousand, five hundred years.  The presentation was given by Sebla Kabas of the Universidad Politechnica de Cartagena. (more…)

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This morning a pleasant-voiced lady from CBC TV called me and asked my opinion about the recent failure of a tailings impoundment in Hungary and its impact on towns, villages, and the Marcal river.   I am not sure why she called me—maybe this blog and the opinions I express.  She asked simple, direct questions and we hung up.  A short while later, most breathlessly, she phoned again and asked if I would be prepared to be interviewed for a piece the CBC is running tonight on the topic.  I told her that I am old and ugly and thus not a good TV candidate.  She has the training, and she turned on the charm—who am I to resist the charms of a smart woman?  So I walked down a few blocks to the CBC and there they interviewed me.  (more…)

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