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10 June 2021
The Law Commission has published welcome proposals to change the legal framework on the management of coal tip safety in England and Wales
4 June 2021
On 31 May 2021 a landslide occurred at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah, USA. This failure was successfully anticipated through the application of geotechnical monitoring
29 April 2021
A new paper in the journal Landslides (Chen et al. 2021) highlights the enormous and very rapidly evolving Jianshanying Landslide in Guizhou Province China, triggered by coal mining.
8 January 2021
A new paper (Grebby et al 2021) uses InSAR to detect precursory deformation of the Brumadinho tailings dam before the disastrous failure in 2019. The authors suggest that the failure might have been predictable with use of appropriate monitoring techniques.
24 December 2020
There are two amazing videos of the deadly landslide at the Carmen Copper Mine in the Philippines, which killed 10 people on Monday
2 December 2020
On 17 November 2020 a major landslide occurred on a high wall at the Gamsberg mine in South Africa, killing two workers.
2 July 2020
Another dreadful landslide has occurred in the Hpakant jade mining area of Kachin state in Myanmar. The landslide, at Sate Mu, killed at least 113 people.
5 April 2020
In 1935 a large colliery landslide came very close to causing major damage to Cwmaman in South Wales. An archive Pathe News report provides detail.
31 March 2020
A significant tailings accident occurred on 28 March 2020, this time at the Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province in NE China.
4 February 2020
On 1 April 2014 a large landslide occurred at Mina Pecket, an open cast coal mine in the southern part of Chile. The mine was closed as a consequence.
26 December 2019
It’s no exaggeration to say Lori Glaze’s impact on our understanding of the relationships between Earth and our nearest neighbors is volcanic. In fact, eruptions fascinated her since she was a pre-teen learning about the destructive volcano which buried the Roman city of Pompeii or carefully scraping ash from the Mount St. Helens eruption off the hood of the family car in Seattle in 1980.
12 December 2019
Planet Labs have captured wonderful before and after SkySat images of the enormous Kumtor gold mine landslide in Kyrgyzstan last week
3 December 2019
Planet Labs have captured before and after images of the huge new landslide at Kumtor Mine in Kyrgyzstan, which give an indication as to what went wrong
2 December 2019
Data suggests that the cost of mining-related landslides is increasing rapidly, with almost 3000 deaths in the period between 2014 and 2018.
25 November 2019
Mining is more than just harvesting natural resources – it’s about who owns those right and what the land that those mines are on mean to the people who live there.
28 October 2019
Gongo Soco: Google Earth and Planet Labs images show continued large-scale deformation of the rock wall at a large mine in Brazil
4 October 2019
On 1st October 2019, another significant tailings dam failure occurred in Brazil, this time at Nosso Senhora do Livramento in Mato Grosso.
27 September 2019
Yet another mining-induced landslide occurred yesterday, in the Tibesti region of Chad in Africa, killing about 30 people.
10 March 2017
When touring the geology of the Barberton Greenstone Belt last August, our group visited the Sheba Mine, a gold mine high in the hills. Their geologist kindly showed us around and allowed us to visit his history-laden office. I have no idea where this sample originated, but it was the only fold I saw in the place, nestled between sepia-toned photographs and old lanterns and rusty picks. I wonder what …
20 May 2013
Today’s Monday Geology Picture and description are courtesy of my husband Jackie Gauntlett, who is sharing another picture from his recent field trip as part of his masters degree in Exploration Geology at Rhodes University. From Jackie: Mogolokwena Platinum Mine is the largest platinum mine in the world and is situated on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. This image shows one of four open pits …