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The surface of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for its F1 Grand Prix derives from the same greywacke aggregate being studied to understand how life could occur on other planets.

News
Formula One aggregates point to life on Mars

Rocks that originated from a quarry in England’s south-west are currently being studied to help scientists understand how life could occur on other planets. Read more »
Quarries, such as this pit in Tamil Nadu, India, can be suitable storage places for city water supplies.

Geology
In my back yard - please!

This year Bill Langer has discussed some of the environmentally friendly uses of aggregate. This month he describes sustainable options for the use of the voids left behind after gravel is mined ... Read more »

Soap Box
Cathy Giblin: On the road less travelled

Cathy Giblin is co-ordinator of the IQA’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) network in South Australia. She recalls life before quarrying, her enthusiasm for the environment, her diverse experiences in the industry and what the WIQ means for her. Read more »

President's Desk
Growing, enhancing the Institute and its people

Clayton Hill wholeheartedly embraces this opportunity and expresses how he feels to be the new president of IQA. Read more »

Editor's Desk
What the Dickens does quarrying have to do with Christmas?

Damian Christie discusses the importance of quarrying/geology and cites links related to this coming holiday season and new year. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Stamping out negative attitudes, practices in the 'fair go' era

The IQA conference in Toowoomba in October highlighted the great strides that the IQA and the extractive industry is taking to encourage more women and young people into the sector. However, as Damian Christie remarks, there are still concerning signs that the safety of all workers risks being compromised so long as old, ingrained attitudes and lack of workplace flexibility linger. Read more »
The art deco Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba, was a “welcome change from the usual cold and uninviting convention centres”.

News
Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

IQA has hailed its 60th annual conference in Toowoomba as a great success that showcased the region’s infrastructure growth and utilised local support and talent. Damian Christie highlights the key moments. Subscription required. Read more »
An entry in the annual sand sculpting exhibition held in Frankston, Victoria. Aidan J Graham Quarries supplies “brickie’s loam” sand for the sculptures.

Geology Talk
The 'science' of sand castles

The past few articles from Bill Langer have been about environmentally friendly applications of sand and gravel. While Bill says this article is not about an environmental application of sand, it certainly is a friendly one! Read more »
John Mitas

President's Desk
Building on our strategic initiatives

IQA former president John Mitas expresses his pleasure and honour to have served as President of the IQA. Read more »
Bowers Quarry is located in England’s southern coast and will host a monument dedicated to biodiversity. Image courtesy: Albion Stone.

News
Tourist attraction to open on active site

More than a decade after being approved, an innovative tourist monument is set to open at a stone quarry and mine site in 2020. Read more »
Archaeologists have discovered evidence that shows how the Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza in approximately 2600 BC. Image courtesy: The Daily Mail.

News
Ancient scroll highlights pyramid construction

An ancient papyrus scroll recently discovered in Egypt is believed to have revealed how ancient Egyptians transported limestone to build the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read more »
Two workers scale the cliffs of the quarry to remove any clutter that could harm quarry workers. Image courtesy: The New York Times.

News
History of marble brought to light

The demand for marble currently fuelled by the Middle East has brought the rich back story of the marble-producing quarries of Italy back into the spotlight. Read more »


 


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