In a recent conversation with a colleague, we discussed the then and now of drilling. Reflecting back to 1988, it was jarring to realize that we have entry-level Geologists & Engineers today that were born that year! They won’t ever truly know what it was like then, and how far the drilling industry has come. They would be amazed at the lives, limbs, and hearing lost over past decades, and shocked about the distinct double-standard that existed regarding contamination issues on job sites.
Mining Waste Incineration in Greenland - Case Study
Location: GreenlandClients: Explorative Mining TeamsWaste Type: Camp wasteSolution Supplied: i8-20s Minerals such as Uranium and Titanium are now being mined in Greenland, a previously untapped source of minerals. Inciner8 have been on hand to provide essential waste solutions that can be moved when not in use to meet local legislation.Due to these seasonal conditions in Greenland, the project teams have a limited amount of time in which they can be operational, INCINER8 can ship and install large scale...
Purolite showcases Advanced Ion Exchange Technology for hydrometallurgy at SME 2018
Memebers of the Purolite Marketing and Sales teams flew to Minneapolis to meet with some of the finiest minds in mining, metallurgy, and exploration. The SME conference is held every year to discuss advances and best practices in the mineral industry. With over 15,000 members, the group is made up of geologists, engineers, metallurgists, students, and educators. Over the course of four days, students and researchers interested in learning how ion exchange resins can be used in hydrometallurgy met with Purolite...
Why we need to recycle plastic
In a recent article for Forbes, Trevor Nace, geologist, adventurer, and founder of Science Trends, expressed his concern about not recycling plastic. Worldwide people buy a million plastic bottles per minute and the 91% of them end up in the garbage. The consequences for our land, water, and wildlife are disastrous. Throwing away plastic bottles, instead of recycling them, means that most plastic ends up in landfills or in the oceans. Many landfills are already overcrowded and take up space that could be used...
XRF pellet preparation for mined mineral analysis
Sample heterogeneity affects the accuracy and repeatability of many X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) measurements. Consistent sample preparation is required for measurements that are fully representative of the whole sample composition. The mineral mining industry has a need for several different measurements at different stages of the recovery process, and the sample preparation required will vary. However, high tonnage hydraulic presses are a popular consistent and powerful method of XRF pellet preparation. In XRF...
Fighting saltwater intrusion into groundwater supplies
As freshwater supplies around the world diminish, human intervention is needed to protect existing sources to slow the onset of water scarcity. One ongoing struggle is to preserve the water in underground aquifers, which cities often rely on for drinking water. Intrusion of saltwater into these underground supplies is rendering them unfit for consumption or irrigation.The rock and soil that form these underground basins are permeable. This allows the aquifers to recharge from precipitation, but when over-extraction...