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On a cold winter’s night I watched Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino.  Verdi was agnostic, yet this opera is suffused with Christian themes. (more…)

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For a mere $80,000 you can buy your own mining town in Arizona.  Here is the description from the selling website: (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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Fraser Alexander was a foreman on a mine in South Africa in the early 1900s.  He was in charge of building the sand and rock dumps.  He did this mostly by experience and native skill.  One of the problems was the collapse of the advancing face that carried the coco-pans and their rail lines to the bottom of the dump. Fraser had a team of mules to collect this material for reuse. He was so well organized, he sat in his hut most of the day and watched the workers. This is where the mine manager found him, “doing nothing”, and so fired him. He went home to sit on the stoep and relax.  (more…)

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A quick Monday morning post. Some statistics on mining in Arizona.  These numbers are lifted from Arizona Geology, always a good source of information about mining in that state. (more…)

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   On first reading the following report that I provide below in full, I could not but help feel that probably this is the best thing to do: cut a state agency designed to help small mining exploration companies.  Sounds like it was an expensive waste of money.  And yet, as this thought struck me, I realized how deep into Tea Party ideals I have slide, in spite of intellectual attempts to resist.  (more…)

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Always on the lookout for strange and unusual happening in mining?  Here is one from Arizona that caught my attention as I browsed through the blogs that mention mining.  Seems the post of State Mining Inspector is on the ballot and, as you would expect, there is a challenger to the incumbent.   (more…)

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Green mining is proposed in Arizona.  Sounds good in a state that is mainly brown and dominated by John McCain and his ilk.  Here is what the article announcing green mining says: (more…)

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Is what Mary Poulton and the Mining Engineering Department in Tucson doing, the future of on-line mining education?  What she and her faculty are doing is this:  with a gift from industry they are videoing most lectures and putting them on-line.  Currently only registered students can access the on-line video courses.  But she tells me that you, as a member of the general mining public, could register as a special student and access these courses. 

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   Mining jobs in Arizona pay pretty well.  At least they used to.  The details are set out at Arizona Geology.  That great blog notes from a 2007 study  — true, probably out-of-date, but interesting nevertheless:

  • Produced $98.4 billion of finished mineral, metal and fuel products, which were transformed into an additional $1.8 trillion in value added by other mineral, metal and coal consuming industries.
    Employed 376,310 workers in the 50 states
  • Payroll was $22.1 billion
  • Paid $4.4 billion in taxes on production and imports, which includes severance taxes, royalties, fees, property taxes and gross receipts taxes, etc., in 2006, the latest data available
  • Paid $1.2 billion in federal royalties and other mineral revenues
  • Paid $1.2 billion in federal corporate income taxes in 2005, according to the latest data available from the IRS

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