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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

New Way to Find Uranium?

According to ABC (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Mining companies may soon be using native plants instead of drill rigs to find mineral deposits.

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that as plants spread their roots to find underground water, they bring up the minerals underneath into their leaves, which can then be analysed to find what rocks are below the surface.

Geology lecturer Dr Steve Hill says they have already had success identifying uranium deposits in the Curnamona Craton in South Australia's north.

He says mining companies have already expressed interest because the process can be just as accurate as drilling, but is far less expensive and more environmentally friendly.

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XX If you talk to miners, they usually have a couple tales of woe. One is finding talented staff -- geologists and engineers -- to work on projects. The other is the scarcity of drilling rigs. This sounds like an interesting angle on one of those problems.


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