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Two flights and a visit to a mine today.  I promised I would not blog about it–although they admitted reading blog postings about other mines. So here is something I included in an email reply to somebody who emailed about their upcoming book about mining and society.  Sadly they got the early history of mining quite wrong.  I reminded them of these links on early mining.  And post them here so that you do not make the same mistake.  Point is mining is at least 45,000 years old.  I saw the original workings at Bomvu Ridge, Swaziland.  Today the King with many wives lives of the fruits of such ancient mining. (more…)

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On Tuesday I was in yet another of those asinine arguments about what constitutes “perpetual” in mining and mine closure.  I had heard all the arguments, smart and cynical, more than thirty years ago when we debated them on the UMTRA Project.  But the pusillanimous arguments continue, for everyone has an opinion and wants to be heard. (more…)

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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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This is a story of a time before computers; before groundwater conceptual models, numerical models, baseline models, and predictive models; before groundwater model calibration, verification, or sensitivity analysis.  This is a story of a time when there was no such thing as a professional geohydrologist, hydrogeologists, or groundwater modeller.  (more…)

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