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15 September 2022

Provisional InSAR data for the Jagersfontein Tailings Storage Facility failure

CGG Minerals and Mining has posted provisional but fascinating InSAR data for the site of the Jagersfontein Tailings Storage Facility failure

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14 September 2022

The Jagersfontein tailings dam accident: the aftermath

The Jagersfontein tailings dam accident: the plume of pollution has extended to the reservoir of the Kalkfontein Dam.

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13 September 2022

Analysing the aerial and satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster

Aerial and satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster highlights a complex failure event and high mobility of the slimes.

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12 September 2022

The 11 September 2022 Jagersfontein tailings dam failure

On 11 September 2022 a major tailings dam failure occurred at Jagersfontein in South Africa. The local plume of pollution extends >8 km.

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28 June 2022

Always fly with the window blinds up: the West Salt Creek landslide

Always fly with the window blinds up: images of the large 25 May 2014 West Salt Creek landslide in Colorado, USA

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6 April 2022

A tailings dam failure in Wenquan Township Jiaokou County, Shanxi Province, China

On 27 March 2022 a tailings dam failed at Wenquan Township, Shanxi Province, China. Satellite images from Planet reveal the scale of the event

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24 January 2022

Thelkoloi: another tailings failure, this time in India

Thelkoloi: another tailings failure, this time in India On Thursday 20 January 2022 another tailings failure occurred, this time at Thelkoloi in Odisha, India.  The failure has been reported in some of the media in India, but not more widely.  For example, the Hindustan Times reports that the failure was in a slurry pond from the JSW Bhushan Power and Steel Limited works in Sambalpur district.  It suggests that a …

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13 January 2022

The Pau Branco landslide – video of the overtopping of the dam

The 8 January 2022 Pau Branco landslide in mine waste – CCTV footage has now emerged showing the overtopping of the dam

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6 September 2021

Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events

Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events

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12 March 2021

The stability of mine waste tailings facilities

In a new open access paper published in Scientific Reports, Franks et al. (2021) show that 10% of tailings facilities have a history of instability. This rises to 18.3% for active upstream facilities.

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