Issue 10

Data management technology for mining applications has made huge leaps forward, making a wide range of environmental, operational, hydrological and geotechnical information available on demand. In the latest issue of MINE we take a look at innovative data solutions and ask which will help increase efficiency, improve safety and maximise profitability.

In this issue we analyse at the market activity and trends in the mining industry from the first quarter of 2013 and ask UK Seabed Resources about its plans to explore the Pacific Ocean for metals. We will also investigate the reasons behind a surge of investment and exploration in Latin America and explore the unusual case of nomadic gravestones that were found on site by gold miners in the Sahara desert.

Moreover, we take a look at accusations against Canadian mining companies, which include human rights abuse and environmental irresponsibility, and ask how the Canadian Government is responding to the issues its mining industry is facing abroad. We also take a look at Yamana Gold’s Gualcamayo project s an open-pit heap-leach mine.

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M&A Trends
With a decline in deal volume and value registered for the year so far, GlobalData reviews M&A activity and trends in the mining industry from the first quarter of 2013.
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The Data Revolution
Across all aspects of the business the mining industry is awash with data that needs to be processed and analysed. MINE profiles recent developments in spatial technology, remote sensing and advanced computing which will help increase efficiency, improve safety and maximise profitability.
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Boom or Bust?
The Latin American mining sector has experienced a huge boom over the last decade, bringing with it economic development but also conflict and protest. We discover the many challenges that still need to be overcome.
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All at Sea
The international seabed authority is considering how to license seabed mining operations. MINE investigates how a regime can be developed to ensure operations are environmentally responsible.
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Grave Area
When miners working in the Sahara desert encountered gravestones at their gold mining operation, an Islamic ruling put production on hold. We find out more about this unusual case.
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Taking Responsibility
Many atrocities have been linked to Canadian mining companies, yet the industry continues to operate without a legal framework. As more accusations surface MINE asks, is it time the Canadian government took responsibility?
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Gualcamayo Gold Mine, Argentina
Yamana Gold’s Gualcamayo project s an open-pit heap-leach mine that started production in 2009 and has an expected lifetime of 13 years, with the potential for future underground operation.
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Health and safety remains a crucial issue in the industry. As an initiative supported by Australian Paralympians is drawing miners’ attention to vital health and safety rules, we ask why this campaign is proving effective.

We also find out how new research into models for slope failure monitoring could help prevent landslides, and take a look at disaster investigation to learn how authorities are dealing violations of health and safety regulations.

Moreover, we take a look at ExplorationFunder, an online marketplace recently launched with the objective of connecting investors with natural resource companies to boost funding for early stage exploration. And, as gold prices remain low, we ask if the bubble is about to burst on this once rock-solid commodity and what impact it could have on gold mining operations.

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