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Don Hofstrand and Mary Holz-Clause opine that as the name implies, a feasibility study is an analysis of the viability of an idea. The feasibility study focuses on helping answer the essential question of should we proceed with the proposed project idea? All activities of the study are directed toward helping answer this question.

Feasibility studies can be used in many ways but primarily focus on proposed business ventures. Farmers and others with a business idea should conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of their idea before proceeding with the development of a<... More →
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Siv Padhy opines that prefeasibility and feasibility studies are inherently linked to each other ... understanding their differences creates a clearer idea of what they mean and how they are used. The key point to understand is that these studies represent milestones for mining and exploration companies.

Prefeasibility studies are an early stage analysis of a potential mining project. They are conducted by a small team and designed to give company stakeholders the basic information they need to green light a project or choose between potential investments. Prefeasibility studies typ... More →
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For those who missed the Monday Webinar, please find a link here to the YouTube Recording.
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The largest, most significant technological innovations depend on minerals. Take beryllium, for example, which has properties that help advance and improve nearly every modern American industry. In 2015, the U.S. produced 275 tons of beryllium, 92% of the world beryllium resources mined that year. In the U.S., the majority of domestic produced beryllium is found in Utah, but reserves can also be found in Alaska.

Because of its low density, beryllium is lightweight and pliable. In fact, it is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel, making it perfectly suited for alloys used in... More →
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Boart Longyear Drilling Services reports that as the value of minerals continues to rise in the marketplace, mining companies are revisiting their heap leach pads. A heap leach pad can contain a wealth of minerals that are waiting to be discovered. Boart Longyear Drilling Services was contracted to implement their sonic program to sample and install wells into targeted heap leach pads.

Heap leach pads are large piles of rock waste from a mine operation that receive further processing through a leaching solution to remove the mineral ore from the rock. The leaching solution is applie... More →
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Julian Turner opines that in 1987, an extinction event took place that went virtually unnoticed and unremarked upon outside of geological and mining circles. Now abandoned, the Ivigt mine once contained the largest known reserves of naturally occurring cryolite. First described in 1798, this mineral was primarily used in aluminium extraction, but also as an insecticide and pesticide, to make caustic soda and even to give fireworks a yellow color. And then in 1987 the mine simply ran out.

Its demise is a reminder of how susceptible mineral supplies are to the dynamics of global deman... More →
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Will Coetzer opines about the traits that make a successful leader in the mining industry. Enough has been written about leadership over the years to fill several libraries. Yet it has always astonished him how little has been written by people with the long-term track record of success to warrant being considered an authority.

Once one eliminates the learned tomes of academics and the rapidly published, slim volumes by the one-hit wonders, one is left with very few books that have stood the test of time. For every Good to Great, there is a hundred titles like Build Your Business th... More →
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Cecilia Jamasmie reports that an undeniable and ongoing rebound in commodity prices could take global mining spending in exploration up to as much as $21 billion by 2025, a level of funding last seen in 2012 according to S an P Global Market Intelligence, but which is necessary to sustain the industry growth.

We have seen great interest in what I call battery metals (such as lithium) and zinc, as well as graphite, particularly in Australia, Latin America and Russia, says the consultant at CSA Global, which expanded operations to Canada in August last year. While Wholley believes Dow... More →
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ERA-MIN 2 aims to support the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, the EU Raw Materials Initiative and further develop the raw materials sector in Europe through funding of transnational research and innovation (R&I) activities. This will be achieved through one co-funded call in 2017, as well as two additional calls in 2018 and in 2019, designed and developed specifically for the non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials sector.

The network will address four key objectives ...

1. Support and promote R&I cooperation in Europe,

2. Reduce f... More →
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UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that develops a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe flooded mines, but having numerous other applications, including deep mines, and off-world.

The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping for gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe numerous abandoned mines could be supported by actualized data that cannot be obtained by any other ways.

The Mul... More →
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Edmund Nickless reports that the last 50 years saw a dramatic increase in living standards and improvement in the quality of life for many of the world poorest. Mortality rates fell, life expectancy rose, and per capita incomes swelled. That improvement has been underpinned by technological development and the ubiquitous use of metal and mineral resources. To maintain this trajectory while addressing climate change and rising world population, sustainable sources of raw materials are required, in both developed and developing countries.

Of the 200 or so countries in the world, 60 ar... More →
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Shane Lasley reports on the industry reaction to the recent U.S.G.S. report on 2016 mining activities. Alaska mines produced roughly US$3.09 billion worth of minerals, excluding petroleum and coal, marking the 7th year straight that output from Alaska mines have topped US$3 billion.

Gold and zinc account for roughly 80% of Alaska mineral production value in 2016. Silver and lead account for most of the balance, while aggregates and other construction materials contribute roughly 1% of Alaska mine production value. With steady output, Alaska holds as the nation 7th largest mineral pr... More →
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George Wall blogs that hiring of top managers is complex process for HR departments and their consultants and advisers. They are trying to weigh up all managers typical and in HR opinion important skills like ... talent to manage, engagement, language, reporting, project management, controlling budgets and following targets, but they often forget to think about professional skills. Nearly each mining professional can become a quite efficient manager by completion of training courses and other programs, but not each talented manager could become a mining professional.

In theory, esti... More →
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Leger blogs that it occurred to him that there are probably investors and mining individuals who have no idea of US mining law or the history of the government involvement in mining. Over the years, the U.S. mining industry has been restricted in mine development and exploration due to increased government involvement in the form of mineral land withdrawals (wilderness areas), environmental restrictions (sage grouse habitat), added claim holding costs and BLM exploration regulations (5-acre land disturbance).

He provides the highlights of U.S. Mining history, and will see the prog... More →
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Video published on Nov 17, 2016, John Kaiser of the Metals Investors Forum summarizes current Trump conditions. What will happen to the gold market now that America has elected Donald Trump as the next President? Popular newsletter writer John Kaiser says interesting times lie ahead for the sector and if you want to bet on higher gold prices, do so through junior miners.

Tune in to Kaiser presentation at the Metals Investor Forum to find out some of the best optionality plays in the sector right now.... More →
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Robert P. Foster, Editor, SEG, has assembled more than 300 papers in this searchable compilation provide extensive coverage of the mineral deposits in Africa. Contributions are drawn from Economic Geology, the SEG Special Publications, Reviews Volumes, Economic Geology Monographs, Anniversary Volumes, and the SEG Newsletter. The Preface provides a useful background on the collected works.

The African continent extends over an area of approximately 30 million km2, representing about 20% of the Earth total land area. From the precious and base metal deposits of Morocco to the huge met... More →
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Agar and Coulter (2007) report that the years between 1997 and 2007 saw significant advances in remote sensing technology for mineral exploration. The successful launch of the ASTER instrument in 1999 brought with it the ability to map mineral zoning and quartz occurrences within alteration systems. This took remote sensing from the age of the ambiguous TM anomaly into the age of mineral mapping from space. While ASTER has rapidly become the workhorse of geologic remote sensing, high spatial resolution satellite image and high spectral resolution airborne imaging have also advanced.

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The OreXpress Miniprobe has a 3 mm spot that allows geologists in the field or the core shack to identify minerals of interest. The Miniprobe is designed to work with the OreXpress field spectrometer for portable mineral identification and analysis.

The Miniprobe allows geologists to identify minerals in a smaller area than the traditional 10 mm spot available with the mineral contact probe....

1. It is easy to hold and use with an external trigger for fast and comfortable scanning.

2. Unique, comfortable low reflectance, impact resistant ABS thermoplastic bod... More →
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FLSmidth proudly announces the signing of a Technology Licence and Transfer Agreement with the CSIRO to develop, produce, distribute and support the innovative hyperspectral logging technology known as HyLogging and integrated software for mining industry use.

HyLogger systems are an outcome of many years of extensive research and development in the area of hyperspectral science and borne out of remote sensing research. In recognition of the technology potential, the research was supplemented by industry sponsors and has been extensively tested in actual industry applications.
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Spectral Evolution indicates that valuable information to determine the type of alteration of potential deposits an be obtained with oreXpress and EZ-ID software. High sulfidation epithermal deposits are commonly characterized by alteration zones with mineral assemblages dominated by alunite, pyrophyllite, kaolinite, illite, and chlorite rich clays. Detecting and identifying these minerals in the field can provide geologists and the companies they work for, with the accurate data necessary to guide cost-efficient continued sampling and drilling.

oreXpress field spectrometers for mi... More →
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William Lewis opines that in his second of a series of articles discussing best(?) practice, we focus on the importance of continuity within a mineral resource. The first article covered the classification of resources. Continuity lies at the heart of that discussion and, from the Lewis view, is one of the most important but one of the most frequently overlooked issues when conducting mineral resource estimates.

The Merriam-Webster online simple definition of continuity(?), as it applies to his discussion, is ... a) the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passe... More →
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David Hoffman reports that a rebound in commodity prices helps mining equities bounce back from Q4 2015 lows. The Mining Eye gained 9% during Q1 2016, despite a difficult January period, reflecting an improvement in sentiment from stabilizing commodity prices.

The Mining Eye, however, underperformed more than both the Canadian Mining Eye and FTSE Miners Index, which rose by 26% and 23%, respectively, during Q1-2016, partly owing to the differences in price movements relative to equity value weightings.

Iron ore, gold and copper increased by 21%, 16% and 3%, respectively, ... More →
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Gambusino Prospector de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican incorporated company that provides exploration services to companies searching for mineral resources in Mexico. On regular intervals, they provide highlights of mineral exploration programs in Mexico. Gambusino Prospector set the goal to compile and summarize the amount of resources being disclosed by exploration and mining companies in Mexico, with a focus on gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, lead and zinc. You can see the numbers by Mining Region on Mineral Resources of Mexico sub-menu in this section.

Mines... Sonora, Chi... More →
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Harry Moser reports that one of the many surprises coming out of the current, tumultuous presidential election cycle is the degree to which manufacturing has emerged as a significant campaign issue. Candidates are now openly pledging to oppose trade agreements perceived as hurting the U.S. manufacturers. And while trade policy is only one aspect of the overall debate, it is clear that candidates are recognizing the importance of manufacturing to the American economy.

A quick glance at the U.S. industrial landscape tells a profound story ... America has lost more than five million ma... More →
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In production since 1900, the Queensland Government Mining Journal is Australia longest-running mining publication. It is wholly produced by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

The journal focus is on the mining and petroleum industries in Queensland. Its stories are of interest to those involved in these industries and those wishing to know more about how government helps mining to prosper in this state while at the same time balancing the state other interests, and how industry and government are working together.

It gives i... More →
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