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Raw Materials Theme Posts
Did you know about the Ore Deposit Hub – Open Geoscience Talks?
On the 7th of July, Bénédicte Cenki-Tok (Associate professor at Montpellier University, visiting researcher at University of Sydney) talked about Critical minerals geosciences, renewables and sustainability, referring to FRAME and EURare in particular. Read more here: Re-localising the extraction ofRead more
Did you know where the largest mines in Europe are?
The map shows mines in operation, closed mines and even mines under development. Click on a mine and find more information on the commodity and mining period. The maps is constantly being updated and new areas or countries are continuouslyRead more
Did you know there is a link between deep-sea communities, mineralization processes and biomedical sciences
MINDeSEA is providing data on chemosyntetic communities at hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and other environments of mineralization in the pan-European seas. We are investigating, in transdisciplinary teams, their microorganisms, the formation of biominerals and the antitumor activity of microorganisms onRead more
Did you know an old quarry served as an inspiration for one of the most important post-impressionist painters in Europe?
An old quarry served as an inspiration for one of the most important post-impressionist painters in Europe. In fact, many claim this quarry is the birthplace of an entire artistic movement: Cubism . Paul Cezanne sat and painted the landscapeRead more
Did you know how to access maps of (still growing) information on Mineral resources in Europe?
Western Balkan countries are joining the European mineral resources network through the RESEERVE project and thereby extended the geographical coverage. Besides, the MINTELL4EU project follows the foot step of a number of previous projects works to further harmonise data inputsRead more
Did you know that the EU promote responsible sourcing minerals?
Mineral resources hold great potential for our economy. However, when mined in conflict-affected or high-risk areas, they can add to the continuation of violent clashes or human rights abuses. This has raised concerns among customers, suppliers, regulators, investors, non-governmental organizationsRead more
Did you know that the session at GeoUtrecht 2020 on Raw Materials and their societal relevance for Europe provides GeoERA insides?
GeoUtrecht 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition is organized under the theme “EARTH – Treasures, Threats, Transitions” and will be a virtual conference 24–26 August. Read more about it at https://www.geoutrecht2020.org/. The GeoERA Raw Material projects help to optimize use and managementRead more
Did you know that the European Commission just published the EU Blue Economy Report 2020?
The report were prepared by DG MARE and Joint Research Center, and reflects that EU Blue Economy directly employed close to 5 million people and generated around €750 billion in turnover and €218 billion in gross value added in 2018.Read more
Did you know deep-sea floor mineral deposits are the biggest reserve on Earth for many critical metals like cobalt or tellurium, necessary for the high- and green-technologies?
Monday 15 June at 18:00 CET, the Mining Chamber of Chile organize a webinar (in Spanish) where Francisco Javier González, researcher at the Spanish Geological survey and project lead of MINDeSEA, will present the project “Submarine mineral deposits exploration ofRead more
Did you know stone heritage supports identity and well-being?
Since the dawn of civilization, ornamental stone has been used to shelter humans, shape our environment and build a common identity. When responsibly quarried and processed, stone is not only one of the most sustainable construction materials; it beautifies ourRead more
Did you know how essential Energy Critical Elements are for the Green Transition?
The change from the use of conventional energy to clean burning energies is a vital concern for Europe and the proposed Green Deal. Lithium, cobalt and graphite are key components for battery manufacture. Do you want to learn more? –Read more
Did you know that the pan-European seas could be a source for critical metals supply?
That the GeoERA project MINDeSEA have collected information on seabed mineral deposits in the pan-European sea more and established a database with more than 600 mineral occurrences and 1,045 individual analyzed samples? This supports Europe’s long-term economic strategy to ensureRead more
Did you know copper kills virus?
Some hospitals coat surfaces with copper, and several manufacturers of face masks include a layer of copper oxide. More than 22 million tons of copper is mined every year, mostly in opencast and underground mines. See how much copper (orRead more
Did you know how important critical raw materials are, and that the European seabed mineral deposit host these?
Cobalt, manganese and rare earth elements, abundant in these minerals, are crucial to address issues concerning global climate change and to promote the high- and green-technologies. If you want to learn more about Seabed Mineral Deposits in European Seas, pleaseRead more
Did you know the Romans used large gypsum crystals as sheet glass?
Gypsum is formed during the evaporation of ocean water. In abandoned Roman mines in southern Spain we can still find good samples of easily workable gypsum known as “lapis specularis,” literally, “stone mirror.” The large transparent slabs were very soughtRead more
Did you know World Bank Group estimate more than 3 billion tons of metals and minerals are needed for green technologies required for the 2°C climate goal?
The new World Bank Group report, “Minerals for Climate Action: “The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition”, states that the production of minerals, such as graphite, lithium and cobalt, could increase by nearly 500% by 2050, to meet the growingRead more
Van Gessel, S.F., Hinsby, K., Stanley, G., Tulstrup, J., Schavemaker, Y., Piessens, K., Bogaard, PJF (2017). Geological Services towards a Sustainable Use and Management of the Subsurface: A Geoethical Imperative. Annals of Geophysics, 60, 7, DOI: 10.4401/AG-7500. https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/download/7500/6869