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SCADA System Lets Users Leverage Cloud-based Benefits Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) recently launched Experion Elevate, a real-time process supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)...

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Mining Markets

State of the Mining Market Q1 2017 Activity in the mining industry reflects the global economy generally and industrial production in particular. After encouraging price increases last year, there was...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Trial, Error and Success — Finding the Right Blasting Technology Pays Off Blasting specialist Dyno Nobel recently reported on an interesting and effective blasting-optimization project at an...

Suppliers Report

Canadian Phosphate Project Contracts German Supplier Arianne Phosphate signed FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for their future plant, Lac à Paul in...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Variable Horsepower Graders Now Available in Regional Markets Global construction equipment brand Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SDLG) has launched variable horsepower versions of...

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

Steve Fiscor, Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief A Mining Crisis Looms in South Africa The world these days seems highly polarized, where evenly divided groups of people are taking extreme positions. This can be seen in several recent elections and referendums, and it has shaken the status quo. This is also having a knock-on effect on mining. Some...
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Exploration Roundup

Marathon Gold Plans 60,000-m Drill Program at Valentine Lake Marathon Gold has announced exploration and development plans for its Valentine Lake Gold Camp property in central Newfoundland that...

This Month in Coal Mining

Rio Tinto Agrees to Sell C&A to Yancoal After receiving a competitive bid from Glencore and a counter offer from Yancoal, Rio Tinto has ultimately decided to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary Coal...