Mining & Geoscience

A list of mining and geoscience-related articles I have written

Coal and the religious Pole

Coal and the Catholic Church are two of the most powerful institutions in Poland, but Pope Francis has put them into conflict with each other. The pontiff’s environmental message that coal “must be progressively and without delay replaced” is causing deep worry in the country, which boasts Europe’s largest coal sector and one of its most religious populations…

Web-based data management tool streamlines E&P analysis

Organizations in academia and industry support the development of new geological information tools to help geoscientists sift through huge quantities of data, and incorporate that data seamlessly into their workflow, leading to improved decision making and improving the odds of exploration success. 


Do you have faith in geoscience?

A question and answer investigation.


Digging deep

The mineral prospects of the Caribbean Community are as diverse as its Member States, and there is much potential for investment to assist these countries in tapping into their subterranean wealth. The Caribbean Community is best known for its tourism and banking services rather than its important mining and mineral sector, but Jamaica, Guyana and Suriname have substantial mining industries, supplying a range of metals and minerals, including bauxite, gold and diamonds, to CARICOM Member States and to North America and world markets. page 50.

Bright Future for Australia’s Coal and CSG

The future for the state’s coal and coal seam gas (csg) industries is looking up! Overseas demand for these sectors continues to increase at a steady pace. As a result, there are ambitious plans to invest billions of dollars to dramatically expand capacity. However, the industries’ expansion plans face several obstacles that need to be resolved. They include the recently announced carbon tax, skills shortages and local opposition due to environmental problems.

Australia’s Clean Coal Drive

Coal’s dominant share cent of Australia’s generation mix (around 80 per cent) is poised to halve over the coming decades as more gas and renewable generation come onstream. But how far coal’s contribution slips will also hinge on advances in cleaner coal technology, with growing official concern over emissions signalled by a carbon tax due in force next July.


The Olympic Dam Story

Western Mining since the 1950’s had been searching the Australian continent using pioneering theories and technologies for new sources of copper. However, it was not until the early 1970’s did the team at Western Mining focus on the deep north of Southern Australia. In 1975, Western Mining decided to test drill at a number of sites near the Roxby Downs airstrip based on theories developed by Douglas Haynes, one of its staff geologists.


Peak coal approaches for Indonesia

Peak coal approaches for Indonesia, the country has been a rising star of the global coal industry for years and is now the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal. However, tighter restrictions on coal mining operations and the need for infrastructural investment to reach new mines suggest the country will be unable to maintain its current level of output growth. And just like the country’s oil and gas, export volumes will increasingly be challenged by rising internal demand.