Phosphates to feed the world
We invented a new smelting process to produce phosphates for fertiliser. Called PyroPhos, it eliminates harmful waste found in other phosphate production processes and creates a valuable by-product which can be used in construction.
Nature’s cleaners: the little helpers treating mine water
Capturing a mining site’s tiny, yet complex microbial community, and putting it to work to ‘clean itself up’, could bring a revolution in water remediation efforts.
X-rays of rocks show their super-fluid past, and reveal mineral deposits vital for batteries
New X-ray technologies reveal some of the incredible processes that took place in Earth’s geological history – and should help us identify new high value ores.
How a mob of stray cattle started a gold rush in the Pilbara
An accidental prospector has sparked a gold rush after making an extraordinary gold discovery while mustering cattle in a helicopter.
Supercharging battery metals
With global demand for battery technology set to soar, Australia is well placed to deliver the raw materials and take advantage of a battery metal bonanza.
Local communities need more reassurance about the legacy left by coal seam gas wells
One of the key questions any industry must consider is: what is left behind when it is finished. For coal seam gas, this question is crucial.
Could clues from the landscape reveal the next big gold discovery?
We’re working with Classic Minerals Limited to see if tree size is associated with areas of deep gold deposits in their Forrestania tenement in Western Australia.
MRI to sort out copper mining waste
Copper miners can slash their energy and water use thanks to a breakthrough ore sorting analyser that uses similar technology to MRI.
Athletes aren’t the only ones going for gold
We’re finding hidden gold deposits by examining Eucalyptus leaves using x-ray imaging.
What mining means to Australians: a national survey
A new national survey of 8,020 citizens reveals what mining means to Australians. While most Australians accept mining and think it makes an important contribution to our economy, they hold low levels of trust in in the industry and don’t feel they have a voice in shaping the industry’s practices.
Quest to explain the Pilbara’s unusual ‘watermelon-seed’ gold nuggets
Hundreds of unusual gold nuggets shaped like watermelon seeds were discovered in the Pilbara goldfields last year. We’re now getting to the bottom of how and why these gold nuggets exist.