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The “Healing Crystal” Conundrum

Many crystal mining operations are steeped in conflict and associated with appalling worker conditions and serious environmental degradation. Many collectors who are concerned with environmental impact and fair trade are seemingly unaware of this dark side – or perhaps they just don’t want to acknowledge it. There are alternatives.

By |2021-09-23T09:36:51-07:00September 30th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|4 Comments

A Lighter Side of Lithium – Part 2

Meeting increased demand for lithium has a dark side of potentially damaging the environment and public health – but fortunately there is also a lighter side. Recycling can reclaim valuable metals including lithium from the battery packs that might otherwise end up in landfills. Together, recovery from other industrial operations and recycling could eventually reduce the need to wrestle new metal supplies out of the ground.

By |2021-03-04T07:36:47-07:00March 4th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|6 Comments

Where Lithium Lurks

The demand for lithium is increasing dramatically – and sources of this metal are being sought from the high elevations of the Andes Mountains to the lowlands of Australia. Lithium is widely distributed on our planet, but since concentrations of this metal are typically quite low, relatively few ores that are economical to mine have been found to date. There are currently three major sources.

By |2021-02-19T13:51:39-07:00February 18th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|4 Comments

Ancient Ochre Mines Underwater

Evidence indicating where ancient people collected the valuable pigment red ochre thousands of years ago may seem like an unlikely combination with underwater archaeology – but that isn’t the case. Sea levels have been substantially lower than at present for most of human existence, so we know that many traces of our history are hidden beneath water.

By |2020-07-23T10:40:28-07:00July 23rd, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|2 Comments
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