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Banded Iron: The Formation of a Mining Mainstay

If you’ve ever seen an outcrop of banded iron, you’ve probably been impressed by the swirling, alternating layers of red and grey. Obviously, banded iron formations contain iron – technically, iron oxide, or rust. If you follow mining, you [...]

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Iron: The Workhorse Metal

It may not be as glamorous as gold, as dangerous as plutonium, or as high tech as a titanium alloy, but iron, more than any other metal, has played a major role in the course of human history. To [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

An American Altiplano: Study rewrites history of the Great Basin

The western edge of North America has long puzzled geologists from around the world. Some of the most basic questions remain to be resolved: what caused the uplift of the Rocky Mountains? How did the Colorado plateau, a vast [...]

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Where did Earth’s Water Really Come From? Comet lander, study suggest a new story

One of the primary missions of the Rosetta spacecraft, which was launched in 2004 and is now orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is to examine the composition of the comet up close. One of the many questions scientists hoped the probe [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Five of the World’s Most Extreme Mines

Mining has brought humans to some of the most extreme environments on the planet. As commodity prices rise, companies are pushing forward into regions that were previously considered to remote, dangerous, or extreme to be profitable. In this post [...]

By | January 24th, 2015|Categories: Mining|

As Water Demand Rises, Hidden Resources Are Brought into Light

As most of you know, global demand for water is rising rapidly. In 1975, global demand for water was about 3,000 billion cubic meters per year. By 2025, the UN predicts that global consumption will have doubled to about [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Discoverer welcomes a new team!

Discoverer has a new team and General Manager of Sales Spencer Dormer Spencer Dormer has a long history in managing sales teams with a commitment to providing highest level of service and support available for our customers. Your Discoverer team [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: Discoverer|

New Geologic Maps of Mars and Vespa Published

2014 was marked in the world of planetary geology by the publication of two new geologic maps, portraying the geology of Mars and Vespa, the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt. The maps, which describe the geologic histories and [...]

By | January 17th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Rosetta Mission Seeks Clues about Role of Comets in Earth History

Comets have long both fascinated and terrified human philosophers. Ancient oracle bones from China record attempts to divine the meaning of comet sightings. In the pre-modern western world, comets were considered bad omens, foretelling the deaths of kings or [...]

By | January 10th, 2015|Categories: Geology|

Oil Prices Plunge

After peaking at over $110 USD per barrel in June of this year, Brent crude prices slowly began to creep downward, reaching $100 by September. As the year went on, the slow downward creep gradually accelerated – by November [...]

By | January 5th, 2015|Categories: Geology|