This series of 2-minute videos features the stories of Tasmanian PhD students and their work in the mining industry. The videos explore the real-world applications of earth sciences.
Predicting mine waste environmental impacts before it’s too late
Mining for precious, base and ferrous metals can result in millions of tonnes of tailings and waste rock, which if left unmanaged can have dire environmental consequences. Laura’s research is finding methods to predict how a mine’s waste might impact the environment before it’s even created.
Models for safer mining
Some mining environments are unpredictable – Cassady’s research is helping mining companies build models so they will know how certain rocks will behave in a particular environment, making the industry safer.
Reading rocks to find mineral trace elements
Josh’s research examines rocks’ “halo” of trace element chemicals to see if there’s ore deposits worth digging for, or just useless traces. His work could help the mining industry prioritise prospects, better target drill holes, and speed up the exploration process, while also minimising environmental impact.
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