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05

Apr

Former salt mine transformed into spectacular underground theme parkBasketball, mini golf, a ferris wheel, an underground lake and a spa are just some of the attractions found in this majestic 13th century Romanian salt mine.

Former salt mine transformed into spectacular underground theme park
Basketball, mini golf, a ferris wheel, an underground lake and a spa are just some of the attractions found in this majestic 13th century Romanian salt mine.

14

Jun

How the U.S. is getting back in the rare-earth mining raceThese critical elements are abundant in Alaska’s Bokan Mountain, but extracting them could be a long and difficult process.

How the U.S. is getting back in the rare-earth mining race
These critical elements are abundant in Alaska’s Bokan Mountain, but extracting them could be a long and difficult process.

16

Jan


 Greek gold mine could bring economic boom or environmental destruction 



A new mine could provide 1,500 jobs, but protestors say the environmental cost is too great.
A new mine could provide 1,500 jobs, but protestors say the environmental cost is too great.

05

Oct

Picher, Okla., is a modern ghost town, and the EPA calls it the most toxic place in America. At one time, Picher was one of the most productive lead and zinc mining areas in the world, but today, the once-bustling town is full of abandoned homes, empty storefronts and enormous piles of lead-laced mine waste. What happened?America’s worst man-made environmental disasters

Picher, Okla., is a modern ghost town, and the EPA calls it the most toxic place in America. At one time, Picher was one of the most productive lead and zinc mining areas in the world, but today, the once-bustling town is full of abandoned homes, empty storefronts and enormous piles of lead-laced mine waste. What happened?
America’s worst man-made environmental disasters

23

Jul

Panners seek sapphires in Madagascar lemur havenPanners hope to strike it rich on a seam of sapphires running through Madagascar’s newest national park created to protect the island’s rare lemurs.

Panners seek sapphires in Madagascar lemur haven
Panners hope to strike it rich on a seam of sapphires running through Madagascar’s newest national park created to protect the island’s rare lemurs.

15

May

Over 2,000 people apply to build asteroid-mining robotsPlanetary Resources, the splashy asteroid mining company, isn’t accepting applications for full-time employment any time soon.

Over 2,000 people apply to build asteroid-mining robots
Planetary Resources, the splashy asteroid mining company, isn’t accepting applications for full-time employment any time soon.

25

Apr

Robots will swing a pickax for asteroid mining ventureRobots from Planetary Resources would be responsible for scouting and then mining the asteroids for materials.

Robots will swing a pickax for asteroid mining venture
Robots from Planetary Resources would be responsible for scouting and then mining the asteroids for materials.

24

Apr

Why asteroid mining is a smart financial moveFrom platinum to water, asteroid mining could prove to be a lucrative investment.

Why asteroid mining is a smart financial move
From platinum to water, asteroid mining could prove to be a lucrative investment.

12

Jan

They’re crucial to hybrid cars, wind turbines and many other green-tech innovations, but these elusive metals also have an environmental dark side.

They’re crucial to hybrid cars, wind turbines and many other green-tech innovations, but these elusive metals also have an environmental dark side.

10

Jan

Obama bans uranium mining around Grand CanyonThe decision puts more than 1 million acres of public lands outside the Grand Canyon National Park off limits to all hard-rock mining for 20 years.

Obama bans uranium mining around Grand Canyon
The decision puts more than 1 million acres of public lands outside the Grand Canyon National Park off limits to all hard-rock mining for 20 years.