Mining Operations & Strategies

Railway Tunnel Design at Potash Mine Saves Time and Money Canada’s new Bethune mine — formerly known as the Legacy Project — is the first greenfield potash mine built in Saskatchewan in nearly 40...

Suppliers Report

Atlas Copco’s 6thSense Offers a Digital Path to Systems Integration According to Atlas Copco, automation and digitalization are the future of the mining industry, but automation is not just about...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Autonomous Trucks Up Production 30% Sandvik unveiled the TH551i and TH6631i autonomous hauling trucks. When paired with the company’s AutoMine Trucking software package, the trucks can increase...

How Mining Shaped Britain


In The Riches Beneath Our Feet: How Mining Shaped Britain, Professor Geoff Coyle, a former mining engineer, sketches the story of how mining has shaped Britain over the last 4,000 years. The account is wide ranging, involving stories of the mineral wealth of Britain and its exploitation, from simple quarrying to the advent of mass production.

There are tales of miners’ lives and the great mining families, as well as accounts of the miner’s work, the conditions in the mines, and mining disasters. Coyle weaves his personal experiences and passion into the story, illuminating the industrial history, geology, and technology. Each chapter highlights one of the main mining fields and explores the mineral in question, its exploitation, and how technological changes affected the mining techniques used. The 288-page hardcover book is available from Oxford University Press. (www.oup.com)

From the Editor

Price Swings and the Digital Age. Last month, we wrote and committed resources to the proposed mining charter in South Africa. In the time between E&MJ being printed, mailed and readers receiving the magazine, sanity prevailed. South Africa reversed course (See Leading Developments, p. 5) and the news story had run its cycle. A former E&MJ editor would...
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Exploration Roundup

Iamgold Continues to Hit High-grade at Monster Lake Iamgold has reported assay results from the final 14 drill holes, totaling a little more than 5,400 meters (m), from a total of 25 diamond drill...

This Month in Coal Mining

Alpha to Transfer Idle Assets, Eliminate Self-bonding in West Virginia Alpha Natural Resources plans to pay Lexington Coal Co. (LCC) to take its idled assets. Included with these properties, which are...