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3D exploration model opens up South Australia

A 3D model showing underground landscapes to a depth of 100km of an entire Australian state has been launched.

Past gold mining near Yellowknife severely hurt lakes, wildlife — report

More than 20,000 tonnes of toxic arsenic trioxide released from the now-shut Giant gold mine wiped out entire populations of algae and invertebrates from lakes nearby, study shows.

Fission 3.0 – Canada’s leading uranium project generator is making moves

Chief Geologist Ross McElroy highlights to investors the merits of owning ‘Canada’s Leading Uranium Project Generator’.

Mount Polley disaster could have been a lot worse — report

Two years after the mine’s massive tailings pond collapse, the tarnished Golden Triangle environmental and economic fallout continues.

Metso inks key deal with world's largest copper miner Codelco

To support the conversion of Chuquicamata, the largest open-pit copper mine in the world, to a large-scale underground mining operation.

Colombia’s largest mine turns to Australian tech to reduce environmental impacts

The Cerrejón mine is one of the world’s largest open cut coal operations.

US solar industry hailed as ‘light at end of tunnel’ for jobless coal miners

Study argues it would be cheap and simple to retrain coal workers for solar jobs.

Asteroid miner Deep Space to launch first commercial mission by 2020

The mission's goal is to map a target asteroid, looking for deposits of water and other resources with visible and infrared cameras.

Caterpillar further cuts profit, sales forecast

CAT said commodity prices remain on the low end and had yet to translate into increased mining activity or higher demand for equipment.

Ferrobamba and Tenova sign a cooperation agreement for the Aymaraes (Peru) iron ore development project

Ferrobamba selects Tenova HYL Micro Module to develop its iron ore deposit and build a 250,000 t/y High Carbon DRI plant in Peru

Luleå University of Technology invests In Virtalis VR Technology

With 90% of the iron ore in Europe contained within Northern Sweden, it’s not surprising the Luleå University of Technology is a hub of mining and geological expertise.

BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam set to reach highest copper production in a decade

Red metal production at the copper-uranium mine is expected to hit around 230,000 tonnes by 2021, but there is potential for up to 450,000 tonnes per year.

Molten salt technology to reduce mining industry costs

The University of South Australia has formed a collaborative research funding partnership with Centrex Metals Limited in a bid to use the cutting-edge technology to significantly reduce energy and water usage, and therefore the cost of mineral processing using molten salts.

Security in mining, how protected are resources?

Dependent on the market and the overall supply and demand of primary industries, paired with socioeconomic and geopolitical factors, some resources and minerals are far more valuable than others.

Harvard scientists find clean, new way of mining rare earths

It is estimated that processing one ton of rare earths these days can generate about 2,000 tons of toxic waste.

Rare earths prices rise as China builds reserves, tackles illegal mining

The global rare earth market is expected to grow from the $1.4 billion it was worth back in 2010 to $4.1 billion by 2017.

Scientists use potash mine to test feasibility of living in Mars

Studies underway at Boulby Underground Laboratory, the UK's deep underground science facility, include the analyses of cosmic rays and climate, as well as astrobiology and life in extreme environments.

Canadian project tailors microbes to extract gold without harming environment

The new technique could help improve environmental outcomes as it uses bacteria instead of chemicals such as cyanide.

Luxembourg invests heavily in space mining

First time a country partners with privates to boost the development of the industry.

US government expected to green-light first private Moon mission

An official endorsement of such mission would pave the way for several other for-profit space ventures currently in the works.

Caterpillar to present more than machines at MINExpo 2016

Caterpillar will support MINExpo 2016 with an exhibit showcasing machines, technology, expertise and practical knowledge that miners can apply to help address their cost, productivity and efficiency challenges in today’s mining environment.

INFOGRAPHIC: Why does solar power make sense for mines in Latin America

Mining is a key contributor to the economies of Chile and Mexico and without sizeable amounts of power they would not be able to run.

Bayer and Planetary Resources to collaborate to improve agriculture with space data

Improving agriculture with crop-specific satellite images.

US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

Rare earths content was tested using hydrofluoric acid, which is much stronger and more efficient than industrial methods, but is too hazardous to use on a large scale.

Planetary Resources now has $21 million to help miners find resources… on Earth

Funds will be used to deploy and operate the firm's Earth observation program, known as Ceres.