MINE digital magazine: Issue 2

19 July 2012 (Last Updated July 19th, 2012 06:49)

In this issue: The industry’s best safety technology, a world-first mobile gas lab, post-accident wireless communication, minerals of the future, soil restoration, and more.

MINE digital magazine: Issue 2

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Mines are filled with danger, but a new generation of safety technology is helping protect the lives of workers. We don our hard hats to check out some of the best safety measures the industry has to offer. We also explore the technology behind a new mobile gas lab and find out how reducing time taken to analyse and test dangerous gas could play a major role in rescue efforts after a disaster.

Moreover, we talk to Lockheed Martin about their first regulatory-approved post-accident wireless communication system, and find out how AngloGold Ashanti used 3D modelling software in the restoration of the Savuka mine. We also ask experts about the minerals that could be mined in the distant and not-so-distant future, and take a look at a new, natural biopolymer that is being tested in Alaska to restore mined-out soil and breathe new life into barren land.

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In this issue

Safety First
Impressive strides have been made to improve safety in the mining industry but miners still face one of the world's most perilous working environments on a daily basis. We take a look at some of the best safety measures the industry has to offer.
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Race against Time
Could the world's most advanced portable gas analysis lab be a game-changer for rescue missions? Heidi Vella explores the technology behind the system which promises quicker, on-site gas testing.
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Cutting Wires
Making contact with miners after an accident is essential, but wired communication systems often fail. Warren Gross of Lockheed Martin explains how the company's wireless post-accident communication system can help keep the lines open.
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Saving Savuka
An underground earthquake devastated the 4km shaft of AngloGold Ashanti's Savuka mine in 2009. We find out how the company used 3D modelling software to pick up the pieces.
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Industry Project: Savuka Gold Mine
AngloGold Ashanti's Savuka gold mine, located in Gauteng, South Africa is the second deepest mine in the world, at a depth of nearly 4km.
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The Future Rocks
Minerals used to produce metals and non-metallic mineral raw materials could hold the key to mankind's survival. Julian Turner asks the experts about mining the minerals of the future.
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Back to the Wilderness
Mining operations are infamous for the damage they can cause to the environment. Now an exciting natural biopolymer for soil restoration is being tested in Alaska and we find out if the technology has the potential to return barren, mined-out land to its original wilderness state.
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Next issue preview

Whether it is reports of rare earth minerals in Afghanistan, copper in Zambia, coal in the Ukraine or gold in Greenland, there are still immense reserves lying hidden in every corner of the globe. In the next issue we scan the planet to profile the most exciting untapped mineral deposits of each region.

As global demand for coal is expected to soar over the next 20 years, we explore new extraction technologies that will help the mining industry to meet that need, tapping both existing and less conventional sources. We also find out how intelligent visualisation software can increase productivity by revolutionising routine analysis techniques, and take a look at Planetary Resources' ambitious quest to mine asteroids.

Moreover, we explore the environmental and infrastructure challenges surrounding Canada's Ring of Fire, a proposed development to mine a massive chromite deposit in Ontario.

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