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Future-proofing Potash Mining: The Need for Intelligent Operations Ten billion tons of potash reserves. Put another way, reserves that exceed global annual production by more than 300 times. And...

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Mining Markets

Palladium Overtakes PlatinumWith the exception of lead and zinc, which posted month-on-month gains of $146 per metric ton (mt) and $77.50/mt, respectively, most metals gave up some of the August...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Calculating Mine-site Volumes From Space Satellite imaging provides a safe, fast and cost-effective alternative to ground-based open-pit mining surveys In today’s competitive commodities...

Suppliers Report

Belzona Repairs Barrick Slurry Tank Belzona repaired a slurry tank damaged by corrosion at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Dominican Republic mine, Pueblo Viejo. The tank was used to neutralize acidic sludge to a...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

New Rotary Blasthole Drill Caterpillar announced its new MD6310 rotary blasthole drill enables efficiency and productivity improvements. Cat electronics deliver advanced troubleshooting for...

Compact Spectrometer for Field Use


Spectral Evolution says its SM-3500 full range spectrometer is designed to enhance collection and analysis of in-the-field mineral data, from early exploration/mineral identification to analysis for extraction and production.

With a full spectral range (UV/VIS/NIR) from 350-2,500 nm, users can identify mineral groups such as Al(OH), sulphates, Si(OH), Fe(OH), Mg(OH), carbonate minerals, silicates, zeolites, rare earths and massive sulphides. Unit capabilities include full range UV/VIS/NIR in one scan; very fast scanning, with autoshutter, autoexposure and auto-dark correction; compact design that weighs less than 8 lb (3.6 kg) and has no moving parts; and DARWin SP data acquisition software that produces ASCII-compatible files without post-processing for use with third-party software including SpecMIN, TSG, IOGAS and GRAMS. Other features include a USGS mineral reference library included with DARWin, capability to work with laptop or Getac PS-236 Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), available mineral contact probe and benchtop mineral reflectance probe and a wide range of field accessories, including fold-up cart for core shack use.
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From the Editor

A Trustworthy Voice As this edition of Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) was going to press, the top lawyers from Google, Facebook and Twitter had testified before a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. They were trying to explain how internet trolls had used their social media platforms to spread misinformation in the months leading up to the...
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Exploration Roundup

Osisko Drilling 400,000 m at Windfall Lake Osisko Mining has reported numerous favorable results from an ongoing, 400,000-meter (m) drill program at its Windfall Lake gold project in Urban Township,...

This Month in Coal Mining

Whitehaven Posts Impressive Results Whitehaven Coal, Australia’s leading independent coal company with five operating mines in northwest New South Wales, has reported a net profit after tax of...