Industry & Resources

Maths to ease beachfront disputes

Friday, 26 December 2014

A NEW way to calculate high water mark could reduce coastal land ownership conflicts and optimise placement of coastline developments.

A WEST Australian company is hoping to revolutionise the way toxic chemicals—and even uranium contaminants—are removed from mining and industrial wastewater so the water can be safely re-used.

RADIATION from very low levels of uranium in WA’s Mulga Rock deposit has changed the molecular arrangement of closely associated organic matter, which produced biopolymers not otherwise found in nature, research reveals.

CURTIN University scientists have modelled the effects of droplet size and velocity on evaporation to better understand the refining process of heavy oil.

A CSIRO geologist has been studying the way small, iron-rich stones formed in the deeply buried river systems that once drained much of what is now southern WA.

SALT- and acid-tolerant bacteria with the potential to be used in mining processing have been uncovered in the Wheatbelt.

DETAILED systematic surveys of large areas of the Nullarbor Plain have revealed a concentration of thousands of blowholes, flank margin caves and connected horizontal passages.

CURTIN University scientists have developed a gold and copper extraction process using an amino acid–hydrogen peroxide system, which could provide an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to conventional methods.

SOME years ago, the bitumen inclusions in rocks that often accompany petroleum gas deposits intrigued a CSIRO geologist.

RESEARCHERS are looking to nature for alternative methods to replace traditional chemical reagents used for the separation of arsenic from mineral ores during processing.

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