This paper offers a new perspective on the origin of informal artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)—the low-tech, labor-intensive extraction and processing of mainly near-surface hard rock and alluvial gold deposits—in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
Mining Benefits. Mining is essential to the production of goods, services and infrastructure that improve the quality of our lives. As a developed society we are fortunate to enjoy the many benefits that lignite, uranium and industrial minerals help provide.
The legend of "El Dorado" has taken a decidedly dark turn in the South American nation of Peru, where soaring gold prices – the yellow metal has surged more than 300 percent since July 2009 – has prompted thousands of ill-prepared and ill-trained Peruvians to try their luck at mining.
Because of the exploitation of its vast mineral resources, Mongolia's economy is among the fastest growing in the world. Alicia Campi describes the challenges facing the Mongolian government as it works to ensure that this mineral wealth benefits the whole nation rather than just certain sectors of society.