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Copper Consumption Exploding in China
March 11, 2014 | USGS

The graph below shows the trend of copper consumption in the United States, India and China.  Consumption in the US has been about 2 million metric tons per year since about 1980.   Since 2000 consumption in India has  more then doubled, and consumption in China has more than quadrupled.

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What is Sunstone?
March 9, 2014 |

What happens when minute flakes of copper in a common orientation are scattered through a piece of transparent feldspar?

Bigger and Bigger and Bigger Copper Deposits
January 26, 2014 | Arizona Geological Survey on YouTube

Although one would expect the largest mineral deposits to be the first ones exploited, the opposite has been true for copper deposits in Arizona. The large deposits have a grade of ore that can more effectively be processed with new technologies.

In this video, Spencer Titley, a pioneer in the understanding of porphyry copper deposits, explains how some of the earliest geologic mapping done by USGS geologists in Arizona is still being used.

Copper Ore: Supergene Enrichment
January 21, 2014 | Tucson Citizen

David Briggs has another article in the Tucson Citizen. This one on the supergene alteration and mineralization assemblages, which are formed when these sulfide-bearing deposits are exposed to near-surface, oxidizing solutions (groundwater) as they are exhumed by erosion and exposed to weathering.

What is a Porphyry Copper Deposit?
January 14, 2014 | Tucson Citizen

The Tucson Citizen has an article that gives a good introduction to porphyry copper deposits.

Hear Earthquakes Triggered by the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide
January 7, 2014 | The University of Utah

“Last year’s gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America’s modern history, and included two rock avalanches that happened 90 minutes apart and surprisingly triggered 16 small earthquakes.” Quoted from The University of Utah press release.

The story is accompanied by a sound file that allows you to hear the second rock avalanche followed by three earthquakes.

Impact of Arizona Geology on Geologic Concepts
January 1, 2014 | Arizona Geology

“Arizona makes up a tiny fraction of the land surface on Earth. However, it has had a comparatively larger impact on the evolution of geologic concepts, especially in three areas of geologic inquiry: (1) porphyry copper deposits, (2) metamorphic core complexes, and (3) evolution of large rivers.” Quoted from the Arizona Geology article.

Cutting Ice with Copper Wire vs Fishing Line?
November 10, 2013 | YouTube

This interesting video shows how fast copper wire and fishing line can cut through a block of ice — which one cuts faster and why?

Copper Silver and Manganese Mining in Arizona
September 29, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey on YouTube

The Arizona Geological Survey has a video, that features the status of copper, silver and manganese mining operations that are planned for Arizona.

It also includes an interview with the AGS digital librarian who is working to place decades of historical mining reports, maps, photos and other documents online for free public use. These documents come from government, company and personal collections and include thousands of site reports.

Ancient African Coins and the History of Australia
May 20, 2013 |

Five copper coins about 1000 years old found on a beach by an Australian soldier during WWII may be strong evidence that ships from distant lands reached Australia hundreds of years earlier than what is written in history books.

How Big Was the Bingham Canyon Landslide?
May 20, 2013 | Salt Lake City Tribune

An article in the Salt Lake City Tribune compares the landslide at the Bingham Canyon copper mine to other large landslides that have occurred during recorded history.

Related: World’s Largest Landslide

Obstacles to Mineral Resource Development in Afghanistan
May 19, 2013 | National Public Radio

Afghanistan has trillions of dollars worth of gold, copper, iron, rare earth elements and gemstone deposits that can not be developed without foreign investment, infrastructure development, facility security and political stability.

Status of the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide
April 28, 2013 | ABC News

ABC News has an article that looks at the status of the Bingham Canyon copper mine after a landslide has cut off production from the pit and will have the company excavating landslide debris instead of ore.

The Most Costly Landslide?
April 21, 2013 | The Landslide Blog

Dave Petley has a post about the massive landslide at the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. Discussed are the landslide detection system used to predict the slide and the speculated financial impact of the slide.

Photos of the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide
April 16, 2013 | Deseret News

The Deseret News has an article about the recent landslide at the Bingham Canyon copper mine. They also have a collection of fifty-one photos.

Added: A Kennecott Utah Copper photo collection is available on Flickr

Landslide in the Bingham Canyon Mine
April 11, 2013 | Business Week

A landslide that was anticipated finally occurred in Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. No one was injured.

Arizona Mining Review Episode 3
March 21, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey

Arizona Mining Review is a live, online video magazine from the Arizona Geological Survey exploring and reviewing mining in Arizona — its challenges and successes. From potash to copper to gold, from mineral exploration to policy development, tune in to see experts from industry, academia, research, and politics discuss the current state and future of mining in Arizona.

You can view the next program live on Wednesday, March 27th at 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM MST or view archive programs at any time.

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