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Exhuming Mining Equipment at Bingham Canyon
March 27, 2014 | Deseret News

Deseret News has an article about the work now being done to exhume the mining equipment buried by the 165 million ton landslide that occurred at the Bingham Canyon Mine.

History of the Helvetia-Rosemont Mining District
March 20, 2014 | Arizona Daily Independent

The Arizona Daily Independent has a two-part series titled: “History of the Helvetia-Rosemont Mining District”.

You can find Part One here and Part Two here.

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.

Related: Facts about Copper

Uses of Gold
March 9, 2014 |

Of all the minerals mined from the Earth, none is more useful than gold. Its usefulness is derived from a diversity of special properties. Gold conducts electricity, does not tarnish, is very easy to work, can be drawn into wire, can be hammered into thin sheets, alloys with many other metals, can be melted and cast into highly detailed shapes, has a wonderful color and a brilliant luster.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Interview
February 13, 2014 |

The Arizona Geological Survey just published a special episode of Arizona Mining Review. Lee Allison interviews Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair of The 60th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show which begins today. At least 40 other gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry shows have been occurring in Tucson for the past few weeks.

Alchemists Might Have Done a Bit of Good Work?
January 30, 2014 |

“Although scientists never could quite turn lead into gold, they did attempt some noteworthy experiments.” Quoted from the article.

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.

The Gold Price Plunge of 2013
January 5, 2014 |

The price of gold in January 2013 was nearly $1700 per ounce and by mid-summer it was down to just $1205… about where it closed for the year.

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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.

Price of Gold Falling
December 22, 2013 | Reuters

By the end of 2013, the price of gold could have its largest yearly price drop in 32 years.

Arizona Mining Review for October
November 1, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey on YouTube

News and events on mining in Arizona during October, 2013.

** Nyal Niemuth takes a hard look at AZ minerals industry – a lot of concern as some promising project are mothballed for lack of funds. (0:30)

** Hall Stewart of Commonwealth Silver discusses new development in one of AZ’s oldest and most productive silver properties. (8:21)

** Steve Rauzi focuses on our new AZ Oil and Gas Well viewer as a window into AZ’s subsurface and how this can inform environmental, water, minerals, oil and gas studies/exploration. (20:13)

Gold Prospecting by Picking Eucalyptus Leaves?
October 23, 2013 | Nature

An article in Nature suggests that Eucalyptus trees might translocate gold from the ground and into their leaves, making them potentially useful in gold prospecting.

Walking Away from One of the World’s Largest Gold Discoveries?
September 30, 2013 |

A speculative article on Bloomberg Businessweek explores why Anglo American walked away from six years of work and an investment of 1/2 billion dollars in what might become one of the world’s richest gold mines.

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.

Gold in Pennsylvania?
September 15, 2013 | Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists Newsletter

The current issue of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists Newsletter has an article titled: Panning for Gold…in Pennsylvania???.

Hydrothermal Iron in the South Atlantic?
August 28, 2013 | University of Liverpool

“Research by the University of Liverpool has found significant levels of iron and other micronutrients flowing from a hydrothermal vent in the South Atlantic ocean.” Quoted from the University of Liverpool press release.

Recovering 60 Tons of Silver from 3 Miles of Water
August 5, 2013 |

Last month Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered 60 tons of silver off the coast of Ireland. The silver was on the SS Gairsoppa, a British steamship that was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1941 – in waters three miles deep.

The Origin of Gold
July 25, 2013 | USA Today

A USA Today article describes how the gold that we use on Earth today was likely born in star collisions that occurred billions of years ago.

Related: The History of Gold (USGS)

Uses of Nickel
July 14, 2013 | USGS

“Nickel is a silvery-white metal that is used mainly to make stainless steel and other alloys stronger and better able to withstand extreme temperatures and corrosive environments.” Quoted from the USGS Fact Sheet and are
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Fee Mining Sites
May 24, 2013 |

Lots of people enjoy going to fee mining sites where you can prospect inactive surface mines, mine tailings, soil, sediments or outcrops and keep any rocks, gems, minerals or fossils that you find. Examples include: Herkimer Diamond Mines where you can search for doubly-terminated quartz crystals, and Crater of Diamonds where you might be lucky enough to find a real diamond.

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 Gold Price Plunge
April 23, 2013 | New York Times

The price of gold has dropped over $200 in the past week. An article on the New York Times website reviews gold price trends for the past two years and explores factors that might be causing the current price changes.

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.

The Falling Gold Price
April 15, 2013 | New York Times

The price of gold has been dropping since October. A New York Times article explores recent changes in the price of gold and the potential driving forces.

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.

Mercury in Groundwater
March 29, 2013 | United States Geological Survey

USGS authors have authored a book chapter titled: “Occurrence and mobility of mercury in groundwater”.

New Alloy for Downhole Electronics
March 22, 2013 | Sandia Labs

Sandia Labs has developed a gold-silver-germanium alloy that is expected to improve electronics in the high temperature, pressure and vibration environment of oil and geothermal wells.

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.

The Story of Invisible Gold
March 5, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

One of the most important gold discoveries of the 20th century was made by John Livermore who found rocks that contained recoverable amounts of gold – but the gold particles were too small to see.

$282,000 Gold Nugget Found in Australia
January 21, 2013 | Herald Sun

A guy with a metal detector found a 5.5 kilogram gold nugget near the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The nugget has an estimated value of about $282,000 based upon its gold content but a collector might be willing to pay more because it is such a unique specimen.

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