All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. The race to mine Afghanistan

    For years, governments and experts have contemplated the mineral resource wealth of Afghanistan, where the US has been at war…
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    12 Dec
  2. Is state-funded mining making a comeback?

    The Australian and Canadian Governments recently announced plans to finance new mines, in a move which suggests that the sourcing…
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    11 Sep
  3. Honing skills at the Saskatchewan Mine Rescue Competition

    Mine rescues are highly specialised. Often working in remote regions, rescuers must be firefighters, paramedics, problem solvers and team players….
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    13 Aug
  4. Legalising North East India’s mica mines

    It makes cars sparkle and eyeshadow shimmer. Yet, despite the glamourous hue it produces,  how mica is collected is far…
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    16 Jul
  5. Mining in Mali: balancing prospects and problems

    Landlocked between six other West African nations, including Burkina Faso and Guinea, Mali is a gold mining star in a…
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    2 Jul
  6. The Anthropocene Epoch: how mining spurs rapid mineral diversification

    The impact of mining on the environment is often measured by the acute loss of biological diversity. However, new research indicates…
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    12 Jun
  7. Can palladium remain strong despite a disruptive auto sector?

    Roughly 75% of demand for the precious metal palladium is from catalysts of gasoline-fuelled cars, the type of cars which…
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    22 May
  8. Australia’s mining tax regime: is it too tough?

    The mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector in Australia accounts for around 15% of the country’s GDP…
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    7 May
  9. Scoping Australia’s mines with the latest drone technology

    Australia is home to some of the world’s largest open-pit and underground mines and has thousands of abandoned mine sites….
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    23 Apr
  10. Water for all: ICMM’s Hayley Zipp talks water stewardship in the mining sector

    Around 70% of operations in the world’s six largest mining companies — BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo American Vale, Xstrata…
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    5 Apr