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Mining with Robot Ghost Ships

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The future of the mining industry is now (almost). The world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd., is seeking business partners to research, develop, and manufacture giant, automated cargo ships that can carry everything from iron ore to coal.


The American Industrial Mining Company

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The mining industry is vital to our nation as a source of economic opportunity, infrastructural information, and geoscience research.  Organizations like the American Industrial Mining Company (AIMCo) help protect and promote mining for current and future generations.


Salt Mining

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On average, more than 250 million tons of salt are produced worldwide every year. China and the United States are the top producers at 48 million and 46 million tons respectively in 2006. There are three main ways to produce salt: deep-shaft mining, solution mining, and solar evaporation.

Mining allows for access to ancient oceans, now dried up and buried, that have become concentrated salt sedimentary layers sometimes as thick as 50 feet. Deep-shaft mining is the process of removing solid rock salt. 


News from China that Could Bolster the Mining Industry

Monday, August 15, 2016

News from London’s Capital Economics, an independent research and consulting firm, has the mining industry eyeing the Chinese market with a fresh perspective this month. According to their most recent publication which tracks China’s industrial metals demand, there’s good news for mining companies around the world.


Komatsu to buy U.S. mining equipment rival Joy Global for $2.9 billion

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Japanese mining equipment maker Komatsu Ltd has agreed to buy U.S. rival Joy Global Inc for $2.9 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, to boost its clout in the mining industry.

The deal, worth $3.7 billion when Joy's debt is included, will roughly double the size of Komatsu's manufacturing equipment business and give it access to Joy's underground mining business. Joy has suffered from its significant exposure to North America's coal market, which faces regulatory pressure and competition from cheap natural gas.


Mined Materials and Iron from the Sky Found in An Egyptian Dagger

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about mining and metal work. Iron extracted from meteorites was so prized in ancient Egyptian culture that it had a special name, “iron from the sky,” and was used in the most important contexts: to form a dagger for a king.


Five Minutes in a Coal Mine

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It’s no wonder coal is a hot issue on the campaign trail already. Dominating the US power sector by producing 40% of our electricity, coal is a powerhouse in our economy. (Natural gas comes in at a distant 26% and nuclear at an even more distant 20% of electricity generated annually.)


Mining for a Heart of Gold

Friday, April 15, 2016

The US Treasury and jewelers everywhere put gold to good use but did you know that it’s an important component in the medical industry as well?


A New World in Mining

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“Modern societies rely on mining, minerals and metals to function. Nearly everything in the built environment – from buildings to roads to computers and trains – contains materials extracted from the Earth’s surface.” (IRMA website)

A Luminous Discovery: Even MORE Gems Mined in the U.S.

Monday, December 7, 2015

As some states are known for their cuisine, others known for their sports teams, it’s only sensible that some states are known for producing gemstones. Other gems and minerals have become increasingly popular over precious metals.

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