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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 »

Editor's Desk
The 'quiet' drive towards a smarter, electric future

With Australia now in election overdrive, Damian Christie discusses the recent fulminations by some politicians against electric vehicles - and discusses where the quarrying industry is placed in relation to the development and eventual take-up of electric vehicles and other non-diesel replacements. Read more »
Located in Leicestershire, Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry supplies granite to major construction projects across the UK.

News
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 »
It’s hard to imagine a national government today undertaking ambitious projects like the Hoover Dam ...

Education
Water, decentralisation and the economy in the 21st century

With Australia now in election mode, Warwick Lorenz outlines his vision of the nation we should be in the next 50 years. Read more »

Education
Is this the end of the road for roads as we know them?

Road infrastructure has been vital to the way we live – and to the quarrying industry in particular. Now, as the Industrial Internet of Things ushers in a wave of innovative technologies, Anton Hartman explains that roads themselves will be transformed … 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 »

President's Desk
Training portfolio to be expanded for supplier members

With suppliers to the quarrying industry accounting for nearly a third of the Institute's membership, IQA President Clayton Hill acknowledges the importance of this segment and has a positive announcement in the offing ... Read more »

Editor's Desk
Why pollies could learn from a future, inspirational vision

As election season descends upon Australia, Damian Christie discusses the lack of a long-term vision by our politicians for the nation's future infrastructure needs - not just in one or two decades, but for the long haul ... Read more »
The bluestone quarry at Carn Goedog, almost 290km away from Stonehenge. (Source: UCL)

News
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 »

Editor's Desk
Are you prepared for the fourth industrial revolution?

The Internet of Things is becoming an all-pervasive part of business systems yet various industries seem unprepared for it - or understand how to use it. Damian Christie reflects on where the quarrying industry currently sits in relation to the IoT - fortunately it's not all that far behind, and it's not a platform to be feared or dismissed ... Read more »

President's Desk
Education pathways for workers in a demanding environment

With the quarrying industry competing for talent at a time when the current generation of the workforce is spoiled for choice, Clayton Hill outlines some of the IQA's initiatives for vocational and educational training - for new entrants and long-term industry members ... 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.

Geology
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 »

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