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August 12, 2020

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New Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Turns Waste Into Valuable Critical Minerals

A new way to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) could help transform the environmental pollution problem into an important domestic source of the ...

Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes

Scientists have discovered previously unrecognized structural lines 100 miles or more down in the earth that appear to signal the locations of giant ...

Gold Mining Restricts Amazon Rainforest Recovery

Gold mining significantly limits the regrowth of Amazon forests, greatly reducing their ability to accumulate carbon, according to a new study. The researchers warn that the impacts of mining on ...

Human Activity on Rivers Outpaces, Compounds Effects of Climate Change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans ...
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Machine Learning Research May Help Find New Tungsten Deposits in SW England

Geologists have developed a machine learning technique that highlights the potential for further deposits of the critical metal tungsten in SW ...

Data Gaps Hamper Monitoring of Heavy Metals That Threaten Arctic Communities

Some Alaskan soils harbor elevated concentrations of heavy metals that can harm human health, but critical data gaps impede understanding of exposure risks for Arctic ...

Himalayan Glacier Shows Evidence of Start of Industrial Revolution

Human beings altered one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas hundreds of years before a person ever set foot there, new research has found. The study indicates that the byproducts of burning coal ...

Sugar Ants' Preference for Urine May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An unlikely penchant for urine is putting a common sugar ant on the map, as new research shows their taste for urine could play a role in reducing greenhouse ...

Research Supports New Approach to Mine Reclamation

Geomorphic reclamation is a relatively novel approach intended to mimic the topography of nearby undisturbed lands, with a wide variety of terrain that is stable and less susceptible to ...

Preparing Land for Palm Oil Causes Most Climate Damage

New research has found preparing land for palm oil plantations and the growth of young plants causes significantly more damage to the environment, emitting double the amount of greenhouse gases than ...

Deep-Sea Mining's Impact on Microbes

The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining, a new article reports. The study reviews what is known about microbes in ...

No Need to Dig Too Deep to Find Gold!

Why are some porphyry deposits rich in copper while others contain gold? A researcher investigated how the metals are accumulated over the time duration of a mineralizing event and discover that the ...

Sand Mining Is Threatening Lives Along the Mekong River

It's a resource used in global construction and mined from rivers and coasts across the world. Now new research has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank ...

How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea

Rare metallic elements found in clumps on the deep-ocean floor mysteriously remain uncovered despite the shifting sands and sediment many leagues under the sea. Scientists now think they know why, ...

Sustainable Supply of Minerals and Metals Key to a Low-Carbon Energy Future

The global low-carbon revolution could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals, a new ...

Uranium Chemistry and Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste

A new article provides a significant new insight into our understanding of uranium biogeochemistry and could help with the nuclear legacy. The recent study is the first time that researchers have ...

Deforestation, Erosion Exacerbate Mercury Spikes Near Peruvian Gold Mining

Scientists have developed a model that can predict the amount of mercury being released into a local ecosystem from deforestation. The research could point toward ways to mitigate the worst effects ...

How Are Utah's Dry Lakes Impacting Air Quality and Human Health?

A new study reveals that 90 percent of Utah urban dust comes from dry lakebeds, which not only impacts air quality but also impacting soil and what can grow in ...

Operational Mapping System for High-Resolution Tropical Forest Carbon Emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing a ...

Estimating the Environmental Impact of Bitcoin Mining

As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. But some people argue that these ...

Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mines

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these ...

Gold Mining Critically Impairs Water Quality in Rivers Across Peruvian Biodiversity Hotspot

A new study finds that artisanal-scale gold mining is altering water clarity and dynamics in the Madre de Dios River watershed in Peru, a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Higher levels of suspended ...

New Study First to Reveal Growth Rates of Deep-Sea Coral Communities

Researchers revealed for the first time growth rates of deep-sea coral communities and the pattern of colonization by various species over time scales of centuries to millennia. Age-dated submarine ...

Earthquake Impact Can Be Affected by Seasonal Factors, Historical Study Shows

The season that an earthquake occurs could affect the extent of ground failure and destruction that the event brings, according to a new look at two historical earthquakes that occurred about 100 ...

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