MINE- Issue 4

With the Earth’s remaining mineral deposits becoming scarce, the right sampling tools are essential. In this issue we round up top tools for finding deposits and judging their viability, from lasers and spectrometers to satellite-assisted exploration programmes. We also find out why the keen noses of ore-sniffing dogs are proving so successful at locating deposits that even mining giants are taking notice.

As demand for copper grows and the number of high-grade mining sites quickly falls, we take a look at bioleaching and find out it could be an unconventional but promising technique for metal mining in the future.

In the light of China’s appalling mining accidents and high fatality rates, we ask safety experts why good management practices are essential. We also find out how an improving security situation in Latin America is opening up the region’s resources to international companies, and take a look at global recruitment trends in the industry.

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Explore, Discover and Analyse
With the Earth’s remaining mineral deposits becoming scarce the right sampling tools are essential. Elisabeth Fischer and Chris Lo explore innovative technologies for finding deposits and judging their viability.
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A Nose for New Deposits
The mining giants are sitting up and taking notice of the sniffer dog’s keen nose. Berenice Baker talks to OreDog’s geologist and CEO Peter Bergman about canine exploration services for the industry.
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Opening up Latin America
The improving security situation in South America is calming mining companies’ fears and opening up new tracts of mineral wealth. Dr Gareth Evans reports on the process and the convoluted relationship between the security concerns and the emerging market.
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Mineral-Munching Microbes
With demand for copper on the up, conventional techniques to extract the material are no longer useful. Elly Earls finds out why bioleaching could be the future of metal mining.
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Keeping it Safe
In the light of China’s appalling mining accidents and fatality rates, Ozge Ibrahim asks safety professionals about the critical difference good management practices can make.
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Supply and Demand
Australia’s mining boom might stall as the industry struggles to find skilled workers. Julian Turner asks Nick Eastwood from Hunter Personnel about global recruitment trends.
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Making Headlines
Australia’s copper industry has made the news with a string of new deals and plans to boost production. Sarah Blackman looks at Australian copper mines under the spotlight in 2012.
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Project: Dumont Mine
Dumont Nickel Project is a nickel sulphide (NiS) deposit in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec, Canada. Canadian mineral resource company Royal Nickel Corporation (RNC) is the licensee of the mine and owns 100% interest in the property.
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Project: Santo Domingo Mine
Santo Domingo is a copper-iron-gold mine located near the town of Diego de Almagro in Region III of Chile. Owned by Capstone (70%) and Korea Resources Corporation (30%), it has the potential to be a long-life copper and iron ore producer.
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Next issue preview

We’re delighted to announce that, from January 2013, MINE will be published monthly: bringing you even more industry news and insights.

In the next issue, we explore how unmanned aerial vehicle technology is pushing the limits of mine-mapping technology, and profile the Los Pelambres mine in Chile where a record-breaking 80-minute mapping mission was achieved.

As the industry turns to digital technology to streamline business and capture reliable data, we speak to technology experts about the digital revolution mining revolution and find out how rapidly emerging could computing solutions can benefit the industry.

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