Mining has given rise to wars. The folk who mined hematite for face paint at Bomvu Ridge 40,000 years ago probably used the red stuff as war paint. The silver mines of Athens made it a formidable war force in early Greek history. The Boer wars of South Africa were driven by England’s desire to get control of the gold mines of the Witwatersrand. Blood diamonds is a modern version of conflict wrought over access & control of valuable resources. Nothing new about this concept–although I am yet to see a book on mining as a cause of war. (more…)
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A new blog on mining is always welcome. This week saw the first posting of CareerMiner by Susan Kihn. She starts with five articles ranging from how to avoid scammers promising to find you a mining job, to the joys of fly-in, fly-out mining camps. And she ask the perennial question: is there a place for women in the mining industry? (more…)
From the weekend photo collection, a few of the oh-so-many signs posted to warn us to beware & behave. You get the feeling that all public places are dangerous and that extreme caution is required if you dare venture out-of-doors.
With the Paste 2012 conference on mine tailings just a few weeks away in Sun City, I’ve pinched this title from a question posed at the 2008 conference in the paper Surface disposal of paste and thickened tailings – A brief history and current confronting issues. So thank you to the authors (M. Williams, K. Seddon, and T. Fitton) for putting that insightful paper together. (more…)
From Deloitte a new report Tracking the trends 2012, The top 10 trends mining companies may face in the coming year. The report starts with this quote: (more…)