Arizona Mining Review|
June 13, 2013 | Arizona Mining Review
Topics in the most recent Arizona Mining Review:
* Joe Bardswich – Moss Gold Mine
* Jerry Aiken and Matt Monte – Holbrook Potash Mine
* David Newlin – community response to potash mining at Holbrook
* Niemuth – mining news
* Kim Patten and Christy Caudill – National Geothermal Data System
United States Gemstones|
June 11, 2013 | Geology.com
A diversity of gemstones are produced in the United States. However, the $11 million per year in domestic production is tiny compared to the $23.5 billion that are imported.
Most Popular May 16 to May 31|
June 4, 2013 | Geology.com
When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?
Large Impact on the Moon
Mount St. Helens – 33 Years
Fee Mining Sites
History of the Prime Meridian
The Orphan Tsunami of 1700
Rare Earth Elements in Wyoming|
June 4, 2013 | Wyoming Geological Survey
The Wyoming Geological Survey has published: “Rare Earth Elements in Wyoming”, a report that investigates the production and geologic occurrence of rare earth elements in Wyoming.
June 2, 2013 | Leadville Geology
The Mosquito Fault cuts through the open pit at the Climax Mine displacing the molybdenite ore body. You can see a great photo of the fault at the Leadville Geology Facebook page.
Fee Mining Sites
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May 24, 2013 | RockTumbler.com
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.
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
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.
Arizona Mining Review|
April 25, 2013 | Arizona Mining Review
The next Arizona Mining Review features an interview with Dorothy Kosich of MineWeb.com on the potential impact of the proposed Obama budget, and discussion with economist Dr. Kent Hill of Arizona State University on the economic impact of mining on Arizona. Also, a geologist from the Utah Geological Survey will discuss the recent landslide at the Bingham Canyon Mine.
Watch it online on Friday at 10:00-10:30 AM MST-PDT. A video of the program will be available online if you can’t watch at that time.
What Your Homeowner’s Insurance Does Not Cover|
April 22, 2013 | Geology.com
Most homeowners insurance policies have exclusions that make them worthless when the home is damaged by common geologic problems such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, mine subsidence, cavern collapse and expansive soils. When a home is damaged the homeowner often is surprised that his “all perils” policy has these exclusions.
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.
Alrosa Diamond Prospects in Africa|
April 11, 2013 | Russia and India Report
Russian state-controlled diamond producer, Alrosa, hopes to explore for new primary diamond deposits in Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Landslide Covers Gold Miners|
March 31, 2013 | BBC
A landslide near Lhasa, Tibet has buried nearly 100 workers of a gold mining company.
Decline of the Mining Workforce in the United States|
March 25, 2013 | Arizona Geology
Lee Alison comments on the decline of the skilled mining workforce in the United States and the tiny educational pipeline left to supply it.
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.
Botswana Trading Diamonds for Coal|
March 5, 2013 | Mining Weekly
Botswana has been one of the world’s leaders in the production of gem-quality diamonds but production levels are not sustainable. To diversify their mineral industry the plan is to focus on coal.
Related: What countries produce gem-quality diamonds?
Critical Mineral Resources Draft|
February 21, 2013 | Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America has published a Position Statement Draft on Critical Mineral Resources. From the draft…
“This position statement (1) summarizes the consensus views of The Geological Society of America on critical minerals resources…
Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases|
February 12, 2013 | United States Geological Survey
Nonfuel mineral production values increased in the United States for the third consecutive year, up $1.7 billion since 2011. [...] The estimated value of mineral raw materials produced at mines in the United States in 2012 was $76.5 billion, a slight increase from $74.8 billion in 2011. Net exports of mineral raw materials and old scrap contributed an additional $21 billion to the U.S. economy.
A Longwall Mine for Potash?|
February 11, 2013 | Arizona Geology Blog
Lee Allison reports on two proposed underground potash mines in Arizona. One could employ the longwall mining method that has a long history of use in underground coal mines.
Great Photos of Sills in Colorado|
January 27, 2013 | Leadville Geology Facebook Page
If you have not seen very many sills, then you should visit the Leadville Geology Facebook page. Vince Matthews has posted dozens of photos showing sills in roadcuts, natural outcrops and cross-sections. There’s also a video about how sills form.
Alaska Rare Earth Elements Overview|
January 27, 2013 | Alaska Geological Survey
Articles in the news about a proposal to construct a rare earth elements mine at Bokan Mountain has generated a lot of interest in the rare earth element resources of Alaska. This publication by the Alaska Geological Survey provides an overview of resources and occurrences in Alaska.
Arizona Geological Survey – 125 Years|
January 1, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Geological Survey is celebrating its 125th anniversary with photos of the day, field trips, an Arizona mining review and much more. Hundreds of geoscientists have contributed to the production of more than 1,000 geologic products – maps, reports, geologic hazard assessments, and other valuable products.
Alaska Resource Production Tax Rates|
December 27, 2012 | Ground Truth Trekking
An interesting article that explores the different tax rates paid by companies who produce coal, minerals, oil and fish in Alaska.
Finally a Use for Acid Mine Drainage Sludge?|
December 18, 2012 | USGS
“Dried acid mine drainage sludge, or residuals, that result from treating acid mine drainage discharges can be used as a low-cost adsorbent elsewhere to efficiently remove phosphorus from agricultural and municipal wastewaters.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Will Geologists Buy the Ekati Mine?|
December 13, 2012 | Stockhouse.com
Charles Fipke and Stewart Blusson discovered the diamond deposit that was developed into Canada’s famous Ekati Mine. Now BHP Billiton wants to sell and the geologists have first refusal rights.
Women Remain Underrepresented in Mining|
November 26, 2012 | Carlton University
“Despite the looming labour shortage, women remain underrepresented in all of the industry’s employment opportunities, from entrance positions to leadership posts.” Quoted from The Pathway Forward: Creating Gender Inclusive Leadership in Mining and Resources by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Leadership.
Most Popular: 11/11 to 11/17|
November 18, 2012 | Geology.com
Colorado’s Largest Earthquake
Evaporite Sinkholes in Colorado
Our Galaxy is Teeming with Planets
Impact of the Tohoku-Oki Tsunami on Hawaii
Shortage of Oil and Gas Professionals
Heating British Homes with Icelandic Volcanoes
Gold and Copper vs. Salmon|
November 18, 2012 | National Geographic
An enormous gold and copper deposit in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed has miners, environmentalists and government agencies at odds over how natural resources should be developed.