Vladimir Basov

Vladimir Basov is a contributor for MINING.com. Vladimir has long-term in-depth experience and skills in Mining & Metals being involved in various practical “in-field” engineering and mining activities as well as academic and research projects.

2017 gold deposits boasting the highest-grade drill intersections

8,126 grams per meter!

Gold mining: the world's cheapest jurisdictions

Not the place you would think.

World’s top 10 silver mines

Only six of the top 20 producers are primary silver miners. The polymetallic ore deposits from which silver are recovered account for more than two-thirds of the world's silver resources.

Russian state corporation suspends $1.2 billion uranium project in Tanzania

Weak uranium market and new Tanzania’s regulations named the main culprits.

Top 10 copper mining companies in 2016

2016 highlights: a year of breakthroughs and setbacks

World's top 10 gold mining companies – 2016

Only three of the world's largest gold producers managed to lift output in 2016 – Barrick loses 600,000 ounces of annual production but slashes costs.

The world’s top 10 highest-grade copper mines

While the copper market is gaining momentum, it is a good time to look at the copper mining champions in terms of copper grade in ore reserves.

These 10 mines have the world's most valuable ore

Readers may be surprised to learn that precious metals mines are well behind two uranium cash cows.

Top 10 mines riding zinc price wave

Zinc is the best performing metal of 2016.

How Saskatchewan remade uranium mining

Recent string of high-grade high-tonnage discoveries reestablishes Saskatchewan as the world’s richest and biggest uranium jurisdiction

Update: World's top 10 gold producers

Combined output topped 30 million ounces in 2015.

World's top 10 rookie gold mines

These high-grade mines will soon start competing with gold mining's industry leaders.

The Chinese scramble to mine Africa

25-fold investment jump in less than a decade. That's how fast China's gaining control over Africa’s mining industry. And Beijing's only pushing harder now. 

True giants of mining: World's top 10 iron ore mines

Number five is a single pit that produces 77 million tonnes of iron ore per year.

Heap Leach: Mining's breakthrough technology

New techniques for tailings treatment and sulfide ore recovery will see low-cost environmentally friendly heap leaching take another giant leap forward.

The world’s highest grade gold mines

Canadian mine takes top honours but Russia and USA dominate the rankings.

The world’s top 10 gold mines

Together these giant gold operations produce more than 10 million ounces per year.

China is burning through its natural resources

China is the globe's top mining country, but its alarming reserves-to-production ratio is forcing domestic miners to hunt for deals in the rest of the world.

Russia took control over 20% of US uranium after Uranium One’s associates made lavish contributions to Clinton Foundation

The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.

How top gold producers margins are being squeezed

In 2014, nine out of top 10 gold producers achieved significant reductions in all-in sustaining production costs, but average cash margin fell victim to bearish gold price.

UPDATED: The world's top 10 gold producers

Number one Barrick Gold's output drops in 2014, but fellow Canadian firm Agnico Eagle adds 30% to production ounces.

Canada’s gold mines are shooting the lights out

Output at Canadian gold mines surged 29% last year, surpassing South Africa for the first time in history. US production dives more than 8%.

More insane pictures of Russian potash mining destruction

Two large cities in Russia's Perm region sit on potash mines worked for the past 70 years that cause sudden surface subsidences and sinkholes 400m across.

Insane pictures of Russian potash mine disaster

Giant sinkhole opens up in between summer cottages near Uralkali's Solikamsk-2 potash mine.

Mining starts at world's second biggest uranium mine

With the announced capacity of 18 million pounds U308 per year, Cigar Lake will only marginally lag behind the world’s biggest uranium mine, the McArthur River in Saskatchewan.