Tag: mining

Undersea anchors of ice that help prevent Antarctica's land ice from slipping into the ocean are shrinking at more than twice the rate compared with 50 years ago, research shows. More than a third of these frozen...
An international team of scientists from China, the U.S. and Europe has studied new fossils of the marine reptile Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. This research has made it possible to fully describe the bizarre, very impressive animal for...

A mining company is hunting for lithium, right on the edge of wildlife refuge

The modern-day gold rush in the race to a greener economy is knocking on the door of a long-protected oasis in the middle of...

Mining atlas helps map Australia’s clean energy future

The Atlas of Australian Mine Waste was launched this week by Geoscience Australia in partnership with RMIT and University of Queensland researchers and geological...

Separating mining explosions from earthquakes in South Korea

South Korea is a relatively quiet country, seismically speaking, but a recent study identified more than 182,000 small seismic events—135,000 of which were related...

Gold mining is one of the world’s most destructive and unnecessary industries—here’s how to end it

The 16th-century King Ferdinand of Spain sent his subjects abroad with the command: "Get gold, humanely if possible, but at all hazards, get gold."...

Moving house: Arctic mining town’s move divides residents

Each time he boasts about the colossal relocation of his town center in the Swedish Arctic, Kiruna mayor Gunnar Selberg gets a dressing-down from...

Vanishing sands: How sand mining is stripping away earth’s beaches

In Morocco, up to 60 million tons of sand are bulldozed, scraped or shoveled off beaches each year to be used as aggregate in...

Can gold mining be more sustainable?

In a review paper recently published in the journal Land Degradation and Development, Shrabya Timsina and Nora Hardy focused on the effects of surface...

New research finds deep-sea mining noise pollution will stretch hundreds of miles

New research published today in the peer-reviewed journal Science examines the potential for underwater noise pollution from seabed mining operations, which could affect the...

Mars as a base for asteroid exploration and mining

Mining the asteroids for resources like iron, precious metals, water, or other valuable species may someday become profitable. Mining will probably starting with near...

Humans have big plans for mining in space, but there are many things holding us back

Like Earth, planetary bodies such as the moon, Mars, asteroids and comets contain substantial deposits of valuable resources. This has caught the attention of...

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