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Going for gold: environmental impacts of illegal gold mining in the Amazon
Examining the environmental and social impacts of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Madre de Dios, Peru Summary Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) continues to pose significant biodiversity issues to the Amazon region. It is estimated the number of operating mines throughout the region is growing and will continue as the hunger for gold increases. A surge in the price of gold in the late 2000s has magnified this issue and will continue to put pressure on Amazon Read More
The University of Queensland metallurgy field trip – South Australia 2019
In June-July 2019, seven students, a Master of Philosophy student, and a UQ staff member visited mines, smelters and corporate offices in South Australia. For more than two decades, metallurgy students from the University of Queensland (UQ) have been organising annual field trips around the world. The trips are themed to suit the final year design project that students complete as part of their studies. Olympic Dam The trip began at BHP’s Olympic dam, a unique processing plant Read More
Afterlife of the mine: lessons in how towns remake challenging sites
This article was originally published by The Conversation and is republished in the AusIMM Bulletin under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 4.0). The question of what to do with abandoned mine sites confronts both regional communities and mining companies in the wake of Australia’s recent mining boom. The companies are increasingly required to consider site remediation and reuse. Ex-mining sites do present challenges, but also hold opportunities for regional areas. Old mine sites can Read More
Top 10 AusIMM Bulletin stories of 2019
The following articles topped the AusIMM Bulletin website’s most-read list in 2019. 1 Profile: Laura Tyler – creating a high-performance culture Laura Tyler believes firmly in the importance of culture. ‘It is the keystone for high performance,’ she says. Without it, everything else falls away.’ 2 Profile: Sandeep Biswas – building trust and respect through action One of Australia’s leading mining company executives, Sandeep Biswas, says getting social licence right is just one Read More
December 2019
Our mineral heritage: past, present, and looking to the future
This is an edited excerpt of a presidential address delivered at AusIMM’s 1990 Annual Conference, held in Rotorua, New Zealand I propose to speak today about our mineral heritage. In common usage, ‘heritage’ refers to the past. It means the discoveries, the developments, the mines and the processing plants, the benefits, the consequences and the human experiences flowing from these. The history of the industry, inseparable from the history of the countries in which AusIMM operates, is a Read More
December 2019
Book review: The Geology and Resources of New Zealand Coalfields (AusIMM Monograph 33)
Edited by Alan Sherwood It’s rare to see a monograph written by a sole author, but I can’t think of any other practicing coal geologist in New Zealand aside from Alan Sherwood that has the breadth of knowledge, literary skill and professional character to carry this off. Monograph 33 is an authoritative, some might say overdue, update on NZ coal deposits and the resources they contain. It runs to 279 pages and is supplemented with six appendices. The colour maps, cross-sections Read More