Client: Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Publication: CIM Magazine

The father of modern geology

James Hutton, a failed lawyer and doctor, was the first person to suggest that Earth was millions, rather than thousands, of years old and established geology as a true science. Looking back, James Hutton was in the right place at precisely the right time. Hutton was born in 1726, the son of a prosperous merchant... Read more »

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A sweet solution to social responsibility

Cordoba Minerals’ beekeeping initiative at its San Matias project gives locals a new employment opportunity Jesus Maria Suarez looks like a typical mineral exploration project employee in his well-worn jeans and blue shirt, emblazoned with the company logo. In the mountainous jungle of northern Colombia, he is as well known to the local communities as... Read more »

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Clear and clean

Monitor, share, innovate, reduce and repeat. This is the new water cycle for mines. Access to water is a growing global humanitarian and environmental challenge. In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, water crises ranked fifth in terms of global impact. Competing demands for water will result in food crises, large-scale involuntary migration and... Read more »

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B.C. exploration community buoyed by 20 per cent increase in activity in 2017

Roundup 2018 speakers highlight Canada’s role in supplying materials needed for clean technology Mineral exploration activity in British Columbia increased by 20 per cent in 2017, Gordon Clarke, the director of the British Columbia Mineral Development Office, announced on the opening day of the Association for Mineral Exploration’s (AME) Roundup 2018 conference. It is the... Read more »

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Less is more

The retrofit at Rio Tinto’s Kitimat operation has the smelter producing more without an increased footprint In 2011, Rio Tinto announced plans to modernize the 60-year-old Kitimat Aluminum Smelter in north-central British Columbia. Four years and $ 6 billion later, construction of the new smelter was complete. The plant has been operating at full capacity... Read more »

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From white rocks to green products

Hudson Resources sees multiple uses for the unique deposit at its White Mountain project Large deposits of pure, highly calcic anorthosite have only been discovered in two places in the known universe: Hudson Resources’ White Mountain project in Greenland and the moon. The Vancouver-based miner’s project contains high calcium, low-sodium anorthosite, an igneous rock that... Read more »

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Steelmaking coal price surge reinvigorates Canadian mines

By Kylie Williams Metallurgical coal prices took a wild ride in 2016. Following the Chinese government’s decision to close coal mines and decrease domestic production at the beginning of the year, prices rocketed from US$84 per tonne in the spring to over US$200 per tonne by the fall. Coal has not approached such heights since... Read more »

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B.C. mining industry down in 2015, bracing for recovery: survey

By Kylie Williams It should come as no surprise that the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Mining Industry Survey labeled 2015 “another tough year” for mining companies in British Columbia. With key commodity prices, particularly metallurgical coal and copper, on a downward trend for the fifth year in a row, gross mining revenues for the province fell to... Read more »

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Komatsu moves underground with Joy Global acquisition

By Kylie Williams Komatsu, the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, announced on July 21 it would buy Joy Global, a leading manufacturer of surface and underground mining equipment, for US$3.7 billion cash. The deal is expected to close in mid-2017 and will add underground mining equipment and super large-sized loading equipment... Read more »