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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...

Mining the Moon becomes a serious prospect

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the Moon...

Silica dust in small-scale gold mining linked to silicosis, TB epidemic

Silica dust hazards in large gold mines have been well documented, but the situation is far worse in small-scale gold mining according to a...

Scientists search for new ways to deal with U. S. uranium...

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are trying to find out why uranium persists in groundwater at former uranium ore...

Inhospitable climate fosters gold ore formation

The Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa holds the world's largest gold deposits across a 200-km long swathe. Individual ore deposits are spread out in...

‘Gold rush’ threatens tropical forests in South America

A global "gold rush" has led to a significant increase of deforestation in the tropical forests of South America. This is according to new research...

Missing electrons the secret to mine metal

Researchers have advanced the quest to understand how one of Australia and the world's largest zinc and lead mining deposits was formed. Covering 2 km2,...

Space Mining

NASA has contracted with two private space firms to prepare and execute missions to land on and mine asteroids for valuable resources. Space mining...

Laser from plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

"The volume of earth exploited is much greater than previously thought and the works performed are impressive, having achieved actual river captures, which makes...

Deep-sea mining projects land in hot water

Deep-sea mining is floundering. The leading company in the race to mine the ocean floor has fallen out with its host government, while other...

Mega-landslide in giant Utah copper mine may have triggered earthquakes

Landslides are one of the most hazardous aspects of our planet, causing billions of dollars in damage and thousands of deaths each year. Most...

Mine landslide triggered quakes

Last year's gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America's modern history, and included two rock...

Gold rush in space? Asteroid miners prepare, but eye water first

(Reuters) - Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain...

Looking for a new gold mine? We’ve got the map

As published this month in Nature Geoscience, researchers and industry partners have produced the first major 'cat scan of the earth'. Their work reveals...

Deepwater Mining in Norway

The mid-ocean ridges where tectonic plates meet in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans are seething with volcanic activity. The most active areas are...

After millennia of mining, copper nowhere near ‘peak’

New research shows that existing copper resources can sustain increasing world-wide demand for at least a century, meaning social and environmental concerns could be...

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