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Western Australia’s first Indigenous quarry will supply ballast for the Koodaideri mine’s 170km rail line.

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Indigenous-run quarry to supply Rio Tinto mine build

Western Australia’s first Indigenous-owned and operated quarry will be established to supply railway ballast for a $3.5 billion Rio Tinto mine in the region. Read more »
The five key elements of emotional intelligence.

Education
Emotional intelligence: A key to organisational success

For organisations – and the individuals working within them – to thrive today, they should adopt a dedicated approach that takes everyone on the same narrative. Mike Cameron outlines the importance of emotional intelligence to the creation of a successful organisational culture. Read more »
Resembling a mosquito in shape, InSight is the new ‘guy’ on Mars!

Geology
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 »
A Second World War guard post today conceals the entrance to the limestone cave discovered at Forbes Quarry in 1848.

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DNA test unlocks Neanderthal mysteries at Forbes Quarry

New DNA testing methods have revealed fresh details about some of the first Neanderthal remains ever found at a European quarry 170 years ago. 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 »
The free of charge <em>Mining & Quarry Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2019/20</em> is now available to order.

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Updated safety guide aims to reduce injury, fatality

The latest edition of a wall-mountable workplace safety guide has been released, helping further promote a risk-averse culture in today’s quarrying and mining sectors. Read more »
At the end of August, all Queensland extractive workplaces will be required to conduct specific on-site discussions between management and operational staff about risks and safe practice.

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Fatalities force Queensland extractive sector to take stock

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia will help facilitate an industry-wide ‘safety reset’, following a recent spate of fatalities in Queensland’s resources sector. 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 »
Many of the quarries in and around Caen are well-preserved time capsules, filled with traces of the civilians who hid there and their ordeals during the D-Day offensive.

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The sites that provided refuge on D-Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a quarry in northern France that sheltered thousands of civilians is being ‘preserved’ by 3-D modelling and will be able to be ‘toured’ as soon as next year. Read more »
Manod Quarry today. There is little sign now (as then) that it was once housed some of Britain’s national treasures. Image courtesy of bbc.co.uk

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Unassuming Welsh site’s vital wartime role

Quarries have been repurposed for the most unusual of assignments, but few in history can match the importance of Manod Quarry in north Wales. Read more »
The sand on Rainbow Beach, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, features a myriad of colours. Image courtesy of S Newrick, Wikimedia Commons.

Geology
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 »
Figure 2. The cropped value cycle model.

Education
Management intelligence: A key to successful leadership

For quarries to succeed in today’s competitive world, a unilateral way of doing business is invalid. To get the best out of an operation and a workforce requires effective two-way communication. Mike Cameron explains the importance of management intelligence in the modern environment. Read more »
The Quarry Amphitheatre has significant value as the only former limestone quarry that has been adapted for re-use as a performance venue in Western Australia.

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Theatrical venue to be heritage listed

Quarry Amphitheatre, a performance venue set in a former limestone quarry in City Beach, Western Australia, will be added to the State Register of Heritage Places. 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 »

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