MINE digital magazine: Issue 18 February 2014

Mountaintop removal mining has been used to mine 1.2 million acres in the Appalachian mountains in the US, but the risks it poses to ecosystems and communities makes it a controversial issue. We investigate the concerns and ask if the environmental price for extracting top grade coal may be too high.

We also find out which countries are likely to become key suppliers of barite as global demand grows, take a look at the importance of corporate social responsibility to junior mining companies, and profile the world’s ten biggest diamond mines.

Moreover, we explore the benefits of geographic information systems for geospatial data management and find out how mining companies can protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks aimed at exploiting the industry’s strategic position in global supply chains.

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In this issue

Acting Responsibly
MacCormick launched the first index of socially responsible junior mining companies last year. Heidi Vella finds out why CSR matters to junior companies and what challenges they are facing.
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Supply and Demand
China dominates the barite market but with global consumption set to rise, Dr Gareth Evans investigates which countries are likely to become key suppliers of the sought-after commodity
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Drilling Revolution
Could the world’s first coiled tubing drill rig boost mineral exploration in Australia? Julian Turner investigates the technology and its potential to revitalise the nation’s troubled industry.
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A New Threat
Cyber attacks aimed at exploiting the industry’s strategic position in global supply chains are a growing threat to business. Julian Turner finds out how companies can protect themselves.
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Gems Galore
The world’s ten biggest diamond mines by measurable reserves contain more than one billion carats of recoverable diamonds, and half of them are found in Russia.
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Lay of the Land
Geospatial data is the bedrock of mining, and geographic information systems are making this data clearer and more detailed. Chris Lo finds out more about the benefits of this technology.
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Paying the Price
As studies highlight the risks of mountaintop mining to communities and ecosystems in Central Appalachia, Frances Marcellin asks whether the price for extracting top grade coal is too high.
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