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Mining Stages

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The activity of mining a mineral deposit covers four basic, inter-related stages. Initial identification of an area with a mineral deposit is exploration. The goal, thereof, is to locate in 3-D space, in reference to the earth’s surface a concentration of a mineral commodity and to define its’ inherent value in the broadest, most general […]

Why do mining companies need geologists?

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The old joke is that engineers make big rocks into small rocks and that’s at least partly why mining companies need and employ engineers. An unknown person once said that mining companies need a couple of geologists around to have someone to blame when something goes awry. Why then, do mining companies need and employ […]

The Nature of Geology

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Geology can be likened to the parable about the difficulty of a blindfolded man describing an elephant by touching just one part of the animal. Much of the time geologists are flying nearly blind, unable to discern characteristics of rock masses directly. They rely on inference and extrapolation of limited information, attempting to draw a […]