Idaho Mountain Express: ‘Mine spotter’ focuses on hidden underground history

Idaho Mountain Express: ‘Mine spotter’ focuses on hidden underground history. “The Wood River Valley was settled in large part due to a mining boom that took place in the 1880s. Hundreds of miles of underground tunnels and shafts run through hillsides littered with mine tailings and historic construction debris. A new website combines photos, anecdotes and mine resource data to explore and document the history that lies beneath our feet.”

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves. “Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project. In a report released on Wednesday, the inquiry blasted Rio Tinto’s ‘inexcusable’ act, and said they should compensate the traditional owners.”

New Library Digital Collection: Consolidated Copper Photo Albums (University of Nevada, Reno)

University of Nevada, Reno: New Library Digital Collection: Consolidated Copper Photo Albums. “The University Libraries has recently added close to 1,000 images from the Nevada Consolidated Copper Records collection to its digital archive. These images date from the 1920s and 1930s and were digitized from 11 photo albums with cyanotype and black & white photographs. The Chief Engineer’s Office for the company captured these historic images, which depict mining operations, equipment, and progress from within the mining pits.”

Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine. “Operations at the world’s deepest gold mine, in South Africa, have been halted after 164 cases of coronavirus were detected there. The Mponeng mine, like all others in the country, resumed operations last month after being closed in March as part of a national lockdown. It had been operating at 50% capacity but some workers have reportedly raised concerns about their safety.”

Global Mining Review: Public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent disasters

Global Mining Review: Public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent disasters. “The release of the Global Tailings Portal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, which killed 270 people. After that disaster, a group of institutional investors led by the Church of England Pensions Board asked 726 of the world’s largest mining companies to disclose details about their tailings dams. Many of the companies complied, and the information they released has been incorporated into the database.” I didn’t know what mine tailings are. Apparently they’re are basically mining waste.

UP Matters: MTU awarded grant to uncover Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company records

UP Matters: MTU awarded grant to uncover Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company records. “Michigan Technological University has been awarded a $240,000 grant to uncover Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company records. Researchers will spend the next two years contextualizing, scanning, and digitilizing the 40,000 employee records from Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company.”

the Narwhal: Anonymous Facebook page touts ‘recovery’ at Mount Polley while mine waste still piped into lake

The Narwhal: Anonymous Facebook page touts ‘recovery’ at Mount Polley while mine waste still piped into lake. “An anonymous group called ‘Mount Polley Remediation’ is promoting Facebook ads and videos celebrating the clean-up of one of the worst mining disasters in Canadian history, even as contaminated waste from the gold and copper mine owned by Imperial Metals continues to pour into Quesnel Lake.”

National Geographic: Do We Know Enough About The Deep Sea To Mine It?

National Geographic: Do We Know Enough About The Deep Sea To Mine It?. “The United Nations organisation [International Seabed Authority (ISA)] headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, is charged with promoting the mining of the ocean floor while, contradictorily, ensuring its protection. That’s about to change. As the ISA meets this month to draft regulations to allow mining to begin, it is set to unveil a public database that contains all environmental data reported by the miners since 2001. For the first time, scientists will be able to analyse the quantity and quality of that information and determine if mining contractors have complied with ISA rules.”

Devdiscourse: World Bank’s EGPS to create global platform for artisanal, small-scale mining data

Devdiscourse: World Bank’s EGPS to create global platform for artisanal, small-scale mining data. “Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a vital livelihood for over 40 million people in developing countries, particularly for those living in remote, rural areas, according to the recent 2019 State of the ASM Sector report. Although it is the most important rural non-farm activity in the developing world, the sector remains under-researched.”

Stoke-on-Trent Live: Treasure trove of North Staffordshire’s mining heritage to be put online

Stoke-on-Trent Live: Treasure trove of North Staffordshire’s mining heritage to be put online. “Volunteers have won a 10,000 grant to bring North Staffordshire’s mining heritage back to life for the digital generation. They have rescued thousands of photos, maps, artefacts and other documents that were left abandoned following the collapse of Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. Now these items are being turned into an online archive that people can dip into for enjoyment or to help with school projects and family research.”

Yale Environment 360: New Mapping Tool Visualizes 30 Years of Mountaintop Removal

Yale Environment 360: New Mapping Tool Visualizes 30 Years of Mountaintop Removal. “From 1985 to 2015, coal companies blasted an average of 21,000 acres of Appalachian land every year in search of coal — an area about half the size of Washington, D.C., according to a new satellite mapping tool that allows users to track mountaintop removal over the last three decades in 74 key coal-mining counties.”

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC Welcomes School of Mines Oredigger

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC Welcomes School of Mines Oredigger. “This first installment of The Oredigger to our collection includes over 2,200 pages of issues spanning from 1921 through 1936. Founded just the year prior in 1920 as a weekly publication, The Oredigger offers a unique perspective on this tumultuous time in our state and nation’s history. From the restless years of Prohibition to the first stirrings of the Second World War, this newspaper gives readers a window into the unique world that was mountain university life in the heart of Colorado, and more specifically, life at the Colorado’s School of Mines.”

Electronics 360: New Database for Urban Mining in the EU Maps Valuable Resources in E-Waste and More

Electronics 360: New Database for Urban Mining in the EU Maps Valuable Resources in E-Waste and More. “The Urban Mine Platform presents the flows of precious and base metals and critical raw materials in products in use and throughout their journey to the end of life. This database reveals the number of valuable materials recovered or lost in the EU’s scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, phones gadgets, applicants or other high tech products that are discarded annually, which is 18 million tons total, almost the weight of 3 million African elephants.”