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This posting is prompted by things I have seen, heard, and thought on trips to remote mines in the Canadian Northwest Territories, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.  Nothing I write is specific to only one mine or generally applicable to all mines.  Each has it own characteristics and issues.  But they are remarkable similar, so let me lump them in one posting. (more…)

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Is the Supercycle over?  I believe it is.  But others think otherwise. Mining.com says:

Don’t sound the death knell just yet: The resource ‘supercycle’ may not be breathing its last breath. The resource sector’s period of sharp price rises and heightened volatility is “alive and well,” say analysts of the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company.  “Rumors of the supercycle’s death are greatly exaggerated,” authors of the 2013 Trends Survey write. “Despite recent falls, commodity prices are still near their levels of early to mid-2008, just before the global financial crisis hit.”  By historical standards, resource prices are still high – even as the global economy slowly pulls itself out of recession. (more…)

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There is no mine water solution for the Pascua Lama mine in the high Andes of Chile and Argentina.  Here is one report(more…)

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There is still time to register to attend the EduMine webcast on Advanced Tailings Management.  Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 8 to 11 am Pacific Time, we present a webcast on Advanced Tailings Management. (more…)

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This week again in Santiago, Chile.: exhausting meetings; deep & intense deliberations; keeping up with mining geniuses; writing reports of profound importance; trying to expedite significant decisions; and trying to make mining happen in large projects.  The issues are lack of power and the cost of water ($2.50 per cubic meter.)  The challenges are multiple models that seek to solve the same problem, yet produce vastly divergent results.  Add to that the diversity of the ore body, an absence of full quantification of variability, and the statistics of risk tolerance.  (more…)

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A 5.7 earthquake has just rattled the building here in Santiago where I sit.  This link tells us the magnitude, location, and depth—a real deep 95km. (more…)

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MineWeb reports that workers have left the copper mine in Afghanistan being developed by the Chinese because of fears of Taliban attacks.  It appears that the Taliban has target the mine, stating that they do not believe the people will benefit from the mine and that profits will be siphoned off by the Afgan elite and the Chinese. (more…)

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On the plane from Santiago to Dallas, I sat next to an Australian from Newcastle.  He told me that he was on a round-the-world trip to promote his product.  He explained that his company makes the wire ropes used on the big shovels so common in open-pit mining.  (more…)

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Just back from Chile.  Long, grueling flights, and airport lounges.  The benefits, few as they are, included the chance to read Stephen Greeenblatt’s  The Swerve.  It is the story of the recovery of Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, a long poem in Latin from the BC era.  I have ordered both the original Latin version and two translations.  For this is of the things I believe.  I leave you to read more if you are curious. (more…)

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On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to lunch with four beautiful, intelligent young women.  One is doing post-doc studies, one is a vet, one a graphics designer, and one a civil engineer in mining.  I am sure all earn high salaries.  We ate in the old market in the center of Santiago.  I paid.  (more…)

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