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Resembling a mosquito in shape, InSight is the new ‘guy’ on Mars!

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Exploring the geology of Mars

For the past decade, NASA has had a series of roving robots exploring the Martian landscape for remote signs of life. Bill Langer discusses the work these robots have done for geology in the process. Read more »
Buzz Aldrin beside the ‘passive seismic experiment package’, with the Eagle lunar module in the background.

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Geological significance of Apollo 11 mission lives on

As the world marvels at the engineering feat that was Apollo 11, the ensuing five decades have shown the mission played an equally important role in advancing geological science. Read more »
Drones are measuring stockpiles, confirming clearance before blasts, monitoring traffic and road conditions, and providing real-time aerial footage.

Geology
A new age of robotics and automation

From a miniature robot championship in Texas, to the wide expanses of the Pilbara, to one day possibly the red landscape of Mars, Bill Langer discusses how robotics has become a staple of the extractive industries … Read more »
The outcrop of dolerite on the former Aboriginal quarry site, which was a valuable source for the production of stone axes.

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Prized ancient quarry recognised

The site of a former quarry, once used by Aboriginals to make stone axes, has been found on agricultural land near the ACT/NSW border. Read more »
The sand on Rainbow Beach, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, features a myriad of colours. Image courtesy of S Newrick, Wikimedia Commons.

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Poop sand happens!

As winter sets in down under, Bill Langer and his wife are visiting east coast beaches in the US, where (to quote Lewis Carroll) there are “such quantities of sand, indeed” – and also lots of poop! Read more »
A 1758-carat diamond was recovered in a Botswanan mine using TOMRA XRT sensor technology.

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Cutting edge tech helps recover huge diamond

One of the largest diamonds in recorded history has recently been recovered in a Botswana mine, courtesy of innovative sorting sensor technology. Read more »
Granite from Stony Creek Quarry features prominently in the Statue of Liberty Museum. (Source: Shore Line Times)

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Historic granite site comes full circle in new project

A quarry that famously supplied pink granite for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty has been re-enlisted to supply the stone for a new museum honouring the monument. Read more »
The clean-up effort following floods at Tegra’s Jugiong Quarry, near Gundagai, NSW, in 2010. Despite the disaster, Tegra was able to meet concrete demands.

Geology
Aggregates and seismic awareness

Bill Langer dispenses some advice for operations on being better prepared for seismic and other tumultuous events. Read more »
Located in Leicestershire, Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry supplies granite to major construction projects across the UK.

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Site presents naturalist with granite keepsake

A quarry has paid the world’s foremost naturalist Sir David Attenborough the highest compliment after he recently professed his fondness for an igneous rock found in the English midlands. Read more »
A devastated San Francisco, seen from the Lawrence Captive airship, after the 1906 earthquake. The quake was felt over an area of 321,000 square kilometres - spanning Los Angeles, Oregon and Nevada.

Geology
The great 1906 San Francisco earthquake

One of the United States’ most famous natural disasters, the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, is notable for furthering geologic field studies of seismic activity. Bill Langer explains why earthquakes occur and the kind of minerals they can yield. Read more »
The bluestone quarry at Carn Goedog, almost 290km away from Stonehenge. (Source: UCL)

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New discoveries shed light on Stonehenge mysteries

Excavations at two quarries in Wales provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5000 years ago, according to a study led by London’s University College. Read more »
A map of Siberia and Alaska showing Beringia as the tan areas. Image courtesy of the US National Park Service.

Geology
Beringia: The Siberia to Alaska 'bridge'

An inquiry from a secondary school student about the impact of geology on humans has prompted Bill Langer to revisit the theory behind ‘Beringia’, the supposed ‘land bridge’ between Siberia and Alaska … Read more »
Ancient Egyptian artisans lavishly decorated tombs with gold and gold objects, such as on Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mask (front and rear). It is fashioned from two layers of high carat gold.

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Celebrating a golden anniversary

Bill Langer this month commemorates a milestone in his personal life – but will his wife Pam accept his golden gift? Read more »
The Walrus and the Carpenter weep at the sight of such ‘quantities’ of sand.

Geology
Such quantities of sand, indeed

With the Australian summer – and beach weather – upon us, Bill Langer reflects on the industrial uses of silica sand and how it complies with rigorous standards … Read more »
In Burton-upon-Trent, UK, brewers use water from springs with rocks containing gypsum (pictured).

Geology
The geology of beer

We all know geology – and quarrying – contributes enormously to our infrastructure and our lifestyles. As Bill Langer explains, geology also plays a crucial role in the fermentation of one of life’s other great “necessities” … Read more »

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