International Raw Minerals Observatory to Launch November 2017 #DiscoverINTRAW

Save the Date: Launch of the International Raw Materials Observatory
Save the Date! The International Raw Minerals Observatory is set to launch in November 2017. This is a new non-profit observatory based on the work of the INTRAW project that will facilitate exchange of best practices in raw materials on a global stage. During 7 weeks, the INTRAW explored five mining industries to explore best practices to build strong mining industry.

Interactive map of aggregate resources in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources provides an interactive map of over 6,000 sand, gravel, and construction aggregate mining operations in South Dakota.

The map shows reclaimed (green) and active (red) mines. Users can click on individual sites to find detailed information, including location, operator, material mined, mining dates, total area mined and reclaimed, and links to photographs.

Click here to access the interactive map.

SME Publishes "History of Tunneling in the United States" #mining #engineering

The cover of SME's new book "History of Tunneling in the United States"
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME) published the new book "History of Tunneling in the United States." The last 200 years of tunneling are explored by industry experts and are illustrated with museum-worthy historical photographs and drawings. It's hard to imagine what life would be like in major U.S.

Interactive map of coal resources in the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Coal Resources Data System comes with an interactive map that provides a huge amount of information on the distribution, thickness, and classification of coal in the United States.

The interactive map contains over 250,000 data points, each typically representing a core sample, drill hole, or driller's log in a specific location. You can use the "Filter" tool to focus in on specific areas, or on data collected by specific organizations. Commonly available data include:

What are tar sands?

Tar sands (also called oil sands) are a mixture of sand, clay, water, and bitumen.[1] Bitumen is a thick, sticky, black oil that can form naturally in a variety of ways, usually when lighter oil is degraded by bacteria.[2] Bitumen has long been used in waterproofing materials for buildings, and is most familiar today as the binding agent in road asphalt.


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