Rio’s rehabilitation shines in cattle study

ENCOURAGING results from a cattle grazing trial run by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) continue to showcase Rio Tinto’s rehabilitation efforts at its Hunter Valley mines. The four-year project is investigating the effects of grazing on rehabilitated mine land and whether it can sustainably support productive grazing livestock.

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New gold standard in mineral analysis

X-RAY technology is set to increase the efficiency of assessing ore grades and reduce mining’s environmental footprint. South Australian company Chrysos has developed a gold analysis process that is up to three times more accurate than conventional methods.

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Exploration tool into global market

AUSTRALIAN technology that provides new knowledge on ore bodies and associated alteration rapidly and cost-effectively could soon benefit the global mining industry through a commercialisation deal. CSIRO’s advanced mineral analysis and logging technology HyLogger has been licensed to Australian company Corescan, which operates a global network of hyperspectral mineralogy labs.

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Asia will drive long-term gold demand

INCREASING political uncertainty and rising geopolitical risk are providing strong support for gold in the short term, despite the spectre of higher US interest rates, according to the ANZ Bank. These factors could see prices push past US$1300 per ounces over the next 12 months.

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