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A Partner Represented by Mining Salons is Selected As One of the 12 Semi-Finalists in the Crush It! Challenge

We are proud to share with you that a partner represented by Mining Salons is selected as one of the 12 Semi-Finalists in the Crush It! Challenge which is organized by Natural Resources Canada to encourage Canadian innovators to develop new, clean technologies for crushing mined rock.

As semi-finalists, our team was invited to take part in a pitch session chaired by the Minister of Natural Resources on March 3, 2019 held on the margins of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual Convention in Toronto. The Challenge Jury will be evaluating semi-finalists technical presentations in order to select the six finalists who will be awarded contribution agreements of up to $800,000 and compete for the grand price of $5M.

In addition, we have also been allotted space at the Canada Pavilion (on the PDAC trade show floor) and, we will attend the exclusive #DisruptMining event and dinner.

Looking forward to meeting you all at PDAC, and telling you more about our award-winning solution!

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The Surface Modifier That Improves Recovery and Reduces Electricity Consumption

There are well-known, common problems with fine particle separation process, i.e. particle adhesion, contamination of the product, low recovery of ore-minerals, etc.  Most of these difficulties arise from surface interactions between fine particles during the recovery process.

The use of surface modifiers can significantly reduce costs at all stages –grinding, separation and cleaning of the final products. The surface modifier can also significantly improve separation quality of the products, because the majority of such processes is based on the properties of the particle surface.

Mining Salons is proud to represent a partner with an innovative and proven surface modifier solution.

The Minnesota Iron Range produces about 70% of the iron used by U.S. steelmakers. Only in recent decades have those who depend on the region’s surface waters – for drinking water, for harvesting wild rice and for fishing -  become aware of the increasing concentrations of sulfate ( SO4-2 ) – that leach into abandoned mine-pit lakes, as they fill with rainwater, snow-melt and groundwater seepage.

According to a map-based study called The Lake Superior Iron District: Changing Landscapes of Water (https://www.industriallandscapes.org/story-map.html), the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota has 250 more lakes than it had in 1890. These lakes each resulted from the abandonment of an open pit when the ore in that pit was depleted and the mining company moved on to a new pit. Within the Mesabi Range, which is just south of the US-Canadian border, 87% of the the total lake acreage is made up of old mine-pits

Lasers - The Future of Mining

Since the beginning of mankind, there has been mining. Man searched the hillsides for obsidian for making points and the stream beds for rocks suitable for hammers or clubs. King Solomon, of Biblical times, had iron, gold, silver and turquoise mines. His miners used moil, hammers and fire to chip and spall the rocks. The early Romans mined in all of those areas which they had conquered. Their mining methods were similar to those of King Solomon’s day, except by this time new tools of iron were available.

In the mid 1880’s, miners were hand steeling and using black powder to blast the rock. By the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, steam power, electricity and compressed air were available. Mining was becoming simpler with less manual labor involved. Today, mining is highly specialized, using diesel, electric, gas or compressed air to power all types of mining equipment. The 21st Century has brought us a new tool with which to mine. Lasers will replace drilling and blasting methods that are presently the standard in the mining industry. Finally, man has come full circle, from spalling rock with hammers and fire, to now spalling rock with the power of lasers.