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Just returned from a trip to a fly-in, fly-out mine where the temperatures were down to minus forty and fifty.  The only consolation for the extreme cold was the company.  Here are a few word pictures of some of the people I chatted to.  I set them down here as a way to represent the extremes of jobs and careers in the mining industry, and specifically in the far north.  (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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When I think of a place or a country, in my ignorance I generally believe all the people who make up that country to be of a similar stock, have like personality traits and characteristics. That view of those people is either reinforced or altered completely when we meet someone who calls that place home and my impression of them will help me form a new idea of what is to be “from there”. (more…)

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The arrival at a big number before a project and the logging of smaller ones during – that is what I associate with the role of a cost estimator. It is one profession that I feel I know, not that I can do it; I just grew up with it. (more…)

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A group of professors sat around a table in a glass-clad building and wondered why they are not involved in oil sands mining. They talked of getting funding for a new professorial chair—why does the oil sands industry not sponsor a chair at our university?  They bemoaned the fact that none of their students wants to go and work at the oil sands mines. (more…)

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Once more on the topic of unemployment and the role of mining in giving people jobs.  Today I received the following from the  U.S. National Mining Association, and it is an honor to be asked and to be able to comply.  Jamie Caswell writes as follows: (more…)

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In a previous posting on this blog, I made my mining predictions for 2012.  One of them was that we would be regaled by a continuing plethora of articles saying mining will be detrimentally affected by a shortage of workers.  Here is one comment on that posting (I edit for spelling and punctuation):  (more…)

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