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Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining

Less than half of our planet's surface is covered by land. The rest is water, and this environment is home to an enormous range...

Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists, resource economists and legal scholars argue in...

Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing

Special 'nugget-producing' bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in...

The formation of gold deposits in South Africa

At a first glance, the Witwatersrand basin, the largest known gold resource on our planet, is not automatically related to ocean research. However, in...

Copper-bottomed deposits

The world's most valuable copper deposits, known as porphyry deposits, originate from cooling magma. But how can we predict the size of these deposits?...

Long-term impacts of deep-sea mineral mining

A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the...

Psychedelic Salt Mine, Russia

Hundreds of feet below a Russian city is an abandoned salt mine which might as well be the inside of a rave. The walls are...

Giant jade stone uncovered in Myanmar

Miners in Burma have unearthed one of the world's most valuable pieces of jade -it worth £140million. It was found in a mine in the...

Make Invisible Gold Visible

Scientists are using the new Geoscience Atom Probe Facility at Curtin University to study mineral deposits containing locked resources of gold in refractory ores. Curtin...

Super Pit relic revealed as new mineral

Kalgoorlie-Boulder's famous Golden Mile and Super Pit has not only produced more than 50 million ounces of gold but it has now produced one...

Geologist examines impact of carbon dioxide released from mine drainage

The collective estimated amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from 140 coal mines across Pennsylvania is the equivalent to that of...

Tiny microbes could help mining remediation

Termite guts could contribute to mining site rehabilitation and pay big dividends for the planet, thanks to University of Queensland research. UQ School of Earth...

Some 5,000 years ago, silver mining on the shores of the...

The team of mining archaeologists was supervised by Prof. Dr Denis Morin of the University of Lorraine, connected with the UMR CNRS 5608 (UMR...

Central Appalachia flatter due to mountaintop mining

Forty years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 60 percent flatter than they were before excavation, says new research by...

Studying the recovery of rare earth elements from coal mining waste

West Virginia could become one of the country's significant sources for rare earth elements, the "vitamins of modern industry," without the expense or environmental...

Gascoyne’s ‘trapped continent’ turns up unusual gold deposit

GOLD has been found in geologically unusual circumstances about 250km east of Carnarvon on the margin of the Japan-sized former continent which forms part...

Managing mining of the deep seabed

Thousands of feet below the ocean's surface lies a hidden world of undiscovered species and unique seabed habitats--as well as a vast untapped store...

Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two...

Long-gone bacteria blows the whistle on gold deposits

Modern science is shining light on Jurassic rock, associating the organic remains of ancient bacteria with an increased likelihood of striking gold. Curtin University researcher...

A climate signal in the global distribution of copper deposits

Climate helps drive the erosion process that exposes economically valuable copper deposits and shapes the pattern of their global distribution, according to a new...

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