All articles by Ross Davies

  1. Predicting earthquakes: what’s the best technology available to miners?

    On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake ripped through Papua New Guinea, claiming the lives of 160 people. At the…
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    21 Jun
  2. Cleaning up the mess: Is self-bonding fair play?

    In April 2016, Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the US, declared itself bankrupt. This event marked the nadir…
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    24 May
  3. From buildings to batteries: is the time right for Vanadium?

    Over two centuries have passed since the Spanish scientist Andres Manuel del Rio discovered vanadium in Mexico. Originally named erythronium…
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    10 Jan
  4. Could snow, soil and trees point the way to the next big mining discovery in British Columbia?

    For miners in Canada’s westernmost province, the difficulties of exploration are a perennial problem. Discovery rates have dropped in recent…
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    13 Dec
  5. What’s next in store for Indonesia’s Grasberg mine?

    Viewed from above, Grasberg mine stands out amidst Indonesia’s Sudirman mountains, akin to an indentation made by a giant power…
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    7 Dec
  6. Going underground: The Portland stone industry moves into mining

    Buckingham Palace. London Bridge. The Irish Houses of Parliament. New York’s UN Headquarters. What do such seemingly disparate edifices, both…
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    14 Sep
  7. Introducing HyLogger: Mineral analysis without delay

    It is estimated that almost A$600m is spent each year on exploratory drilling in Australia. Drilling in search of mineral…
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    27 Aug
  8. Mucking around: Inside the International Collegiate Mining Competition

    On the final weekend of March, passersby close to the old quarry at Hamilton Hinkle Paving in Georgetown, Kentucky may…
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    31 May