Data Descriptor: An open database on global coal and metal mine production . “… presenting an open database on global coal and metal mine production on the level of individual mines. It is based on manually gathered information from more than 1900 freely available reports of mining companies, where every data point is linked to its source document, ensuring full transparency.”
Department of Labor: US Department Of Labor Launches App To Provide Miners Access To Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information
Department of Labor: US Department Of Labor Launches App To Provide Miners Access To Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information. “The app allows miners to easily use the tool at mine sites and outside of working hours to search for best safety and health practices and find resources on understanding their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The app also sends users notifications of mining accidents and how to prevent them.”
Michigan Tech: Modeling the Mather B Helps Map Out Future for Old Mines and Clean Energy Storage . “A Michigan Tech student’s 3D model of an iconic Upper Peninsula iron mine helps researchers visualize and measure the energy storage potential that awaits in abandoned hard-metal mines.”
Engineering and Technology: Database aims to help prevent mine-waste disasters. “Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a database as part of a study intended to help mining companies better understand the societal and environmental impacts of mine-waste disasters and hopefully avoid them in future. The study forms the first global picture of the occurrence rates, behaviours and physical impacts of mine-waste disasters known as tailings flow. Tailings flows are rapid downstream movements of mine waste, following tailing dam failures.” I read this and thought, “I could have sworn I’ve already indexed a resource about tailings flows,” but that was actually about tailings storage.
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of New Mexico: Mining and Minerals Division launches Uranium Mines Dashboard. This link goes to a PDF file. “The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) announces the launch of the New Mexico Uranium Mines Dashboard, intended to provide the public with quick access to data on legacy uranium mines throughout the state. The dashboard compiles data from a variety of sources into one location, making it easier for the public to find information about legacy uranium mining in New Mexico. Built by MMD staff, the database includes mines that had verifiable uranium production, and that have been abandoned, may no longer be maintained, and are inactive.”
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. “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.”
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.”
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. “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.