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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 »

President's Desk
Is our appetite for risk increasing?

In the light of recent fatalities in the Australian extractive industry, Clayton Hill queries whether quarries and mines are too concerned with abiding with - and not paying enough attention to the effective implementation of - the safety and risk prevention controls that are meant to protect workers. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Quarry off-world as much a 'leap of faith' as on terra firma

Following the 50th anniversary of the original moon landing, Damian Christie speculates on why the 'space race' is still of interest to humans, and how spin-offs from quarrying can aid off-world mining - and vice versa. Read more »
Buzz Aldrin beside the ‘passive seismic experiment package’, with the Eagle lunar module in the background.

News
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 »

President's Desk
Challenging ourselves, our records on safety?

Despite the regulation it abides by and the training and education available, failures in safety are still occurring in the industry. IQA President Clayton Hill queries "Why?" Is it to do with the industry simply being busier? Is the safety message simply not getting out? And what can the industry do to improve that message? Read more »

Editor's Desk
Why can't quarries be recyclers too?

With some exciting projects now under way in the recycled aggregates sector, Damian Christie considers whether governments should be encouraging quarries to diversify their materials handling operations in a bid to ease the issue of supply and counter delays to the approval of new reserves. Read more »
The outcrop of dolerite on the former Aboriginal quarry site, which was a valuable source for the production of stone axes.

News
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.

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 »

President's Desk
IQ Connect to promote global growth, opportunities

Liaising with the Institute's international peers about education and training is one way of ascertaining how advanced the IQA itself is in delivering its own programs successfully, and how it can also assist its peers to grow. Clayton Hill explains. Read more »

Editor's Desk
'Fishing' for solutions to the environmental conundrum

Damian Christie discusses the release of a UN report into global biodiversity and ecosystems that got lost in all the 'noise' of the recent federal election. Can the quarrying industry realistically live up to some of the lofty goals outlined in the report - or is the industry already doing its part to replenish the diminishing environment? Read more »
A 1758-carat diamond was recovered in a Botswanan mine using TOMRA XRT sensor technology.

News
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)

News
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 »

President's Desk
Countering incorrect perceptions about the industry

With social media increasingly becoming a potent tool in raising opposition to quarrying applications, Clayton Hill outlines what the IQA is doing in its own use of social media to set the record straight and turn around false perceptions. Read more »

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