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America’s Never Never: The Deserts of the Southwest

The Geotripper blog provides period stories about trips taken to interesting geologic locations. One recent series of posts focused on “America's Never Never” ( While images of Peter Pan and Captain Hook might come to mind, according to the [...]

By | November 25th, 2013|Categories: Geology|

BHP Billiton Invests in Mineral Exploration in Northern Chile

Australian mining company BHP Billiton has committed to investing in new exploration activities in northern Chile. The mineral rights to five chunks of land, covering 172,000 acres in total, are currently owned by Canadian company Polar Star Mining. According [...]

By | November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Mining|

Chinese Mining Entrepeneur Has Eyes on Australia’s Remote Northern Territory

Chinese mining entrepreneur Jerry Ren, whose mining empire has earned him the title “$900 million dollar man”, sees a sea of resources beneath the sands of Northern Australia. The region,  a desolate desert landscape crossed by two partially paved [...]

By | November 20th, 2013|Categories: Mining|

US Government Scientists Develop Next Generation Model to Pinpoint Nuclear Tests

Scientists working at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories have released an open source computer model which will allow for more accurate location of nuclear explosions. The model, called SALSA3D, consists of a detailed 3d map of the speed [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|Categories: Geology|

Day in the Life of a Science Documentary Expert

Volcanologist Nick Petford is an expert in magmatic systems and volcanology. He's also an expert guest scientist who has appeared on numerous documentaries focusing on Krakatoa, the famous 1883 eruption in Java that changed volcanology from a field of [...]

By | November 13th, 2013|Categories: Geology|

Slot Canyons: Exploring the World Below the Surface

Slot canyons have long intrigued geologists, artists, and the few brave souls who descend into the hidden worlds contained within their walls. The world within a slot is defined by two undulating rock walls, often only inches apart. The [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|Categories: Geology|

Cool analog model for teaching Subduction Zones

Geology educators often struggle with how to best help students develop an intuitive understanding of complex geologic processes. One of the most effective methods is the use of physical models that students can touch, examine, and interact with. This [...]

By | November 8th, 2013|Categories: Geology|

A Look at the Worlds Fastest Growing Copper Mining Projects

As one of the most important metals, copper has a strong effect on consumer prices and economic production. In 2006 alone, the world production of copper was over 15 million tonnes. But where does all that copper come from? [...]

By | November 4th, 2013|Categories: Mining|

Canada to Develop Anti-corruption reporting policies for extractive industries

Given that over half of the worlds mining companies are based in Canada, changes to the way Canada regulates mining companies can have global implications. It is therefore no surprise that transparency advocates are applauding Prime Minister Stephen Harper's [...]

By | November 1st, 2013|Categories: Mining|

Asteroid Mining Proponents Identify 12 “Mineable” Asteroids

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie - a group of entrepreneurs selecting which asteroids they would like to mine, sending out a small probe to retrieve them, and selling the materials in Earth orbit to [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|Categories: Mining|