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Growth & change 

Welcome to the final newsletter of 2021. It’s been a strange year hasn’t it? 

For me, the past 12 months have been a massive learning curve and a catalyst for growth, both personal and professional. This platform, which started as a passion project – a blog if I’m honest, designed to quench my own thirst for knowledge – has slowly become a publication in its own right. And nearly three years since its launch, it’s time for The Intelligent Miner to grow.

You’ll notice some changes during 2022 as this happens (all good, I promise). I don’t want to give too much away at this stage, but think… more content, both free and premium, new writers and maybe some community-based ventures.

Thoughtful, provoking editorial will remain at the heart, as will great design and a great experience for readers and contributors alike. If you have any requests, specific features that you’d like to see or would like to learn more, then drop me an email. My mind and inbox are always open. 

Communication will be key to the sustainability of mining as the green energy transition gets underway. The Intelligent Miner will continue working to bridge the gap between individuals and organisations in and outside of the mining sector, to promote innovation and to educate on the importance of mining and metals in this planet’s future. 

I’d like to thank you all for your support over the past three years. I’m delighted to have shared the journey thus far with you, and I look forward to speaking with and, hopefully, meeting more of you in person next year.

Have a wonderful Christmas break


P.S. We’ve gone rogue with the reading list this month and brought together eight of our favourite articles on different topics (some slightly wacky) from 2021. Enjoy!

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Eight of the most interesting articles we've read in 2021!
University of Oxford: Green mining could pave the way to net zero
Oxford scientists demonstrate how it is possible to directly extract valuable metals from brines trapped in porous rocks at depths of around 2km below dormant volcanoes. They propose this radical green-mining approach to provide essential metals for a net zero future – copper, gold, zinc, silver and lithium – in a sustainable way
McGill University: Clues from soured milk reveal how gold veins form
McGill researchers studying examples of hyper-enriched gold deposits at the Brucejack mine in northwestern British Columbia have discovered that these gold deposits form much like soured milk – when milk goes sour, the butterfat particles clump together to form a jelly
Sustainable Minerals Institute: Why we lose women from geoscience
In this thorough webinar, Dr Melanie Finch examines research looking at why women are lost from geoscience and outlines some steps to begin the process of change
BBC: How flooded coal mines could heat homes
The UK Coal Authority’s geologists believe one-quarter of British homes currently sit on a coalfield. An estimated 2 billion cubic metres of warm water occupy the old mine shafts, and researchers suggest that this makes mine water one of the UK's largest underused clean energy sources
JKMRC: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Tool
Researchers at the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute's Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) have developed a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Tool to map and track carbon emissions and energy consumption within mining operations
Fortescue Future Industries: CEO Julie Shuttleworth speaks at COP26
FFI CEO Julie Shuttleworth was selected as one of only six CEOs worldwide to address world leaders directly during COP26, and explained why she was confident renewable green hydrogen would be globally available and affordable by the end of the decade
McKinsey: Why women are leaving the mining industry and what mining companies can do about it
The author sets out to understand women’s experiences in the mining industry and to distill insights and recommendations to help mining companies win through talent by answering two questions - why is female representation in the mining sector so sparse, and what can mining companies do about it?
Digital Technology Supercluster: Earth X-ray for Low-Impact Mining project
The new Earth X-ray for Low-Impact Mining project, launched at the end of November, will enable mining exploration companies to identify density and magnetic anomalies with greater resolution and certainty up to 1km beneath the Earth's surface
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