Industry & Resources

robogals Scit.Albany_scienceAwarenessFestival12SCHOOL girls in Geraldton have recently taken part in educational workshops with the Robogals engineering team who were in town with the Mid West Youth Science Forum.

pilbaraIronOreSCIENTISTS at Curtin University have chronicled the genesis of a particular type of iron deposit in the state’s north, finding that the valuable mineral formed relatively late in WA’s evolution.

cementmixerWASTE from power generators and alumina refineries can now be used to produce an alternative to Portland cement.

rareearthelementsRESEARCHERS and miners have collaborated to characterise rare earth element (REE) patterns and concentrations in the east Kimberley's Browns Range, producing an important model for its exploration in comparable terrains.

superpit goldfieldseconomyALTHOUGH the Western Australian Goldfields is one of Australia’s most important wealth generators, it neither enjoys high public expenditure nor experiences development that correlates with the amount of wealth it generates, according to research that has defined it as a ‘resource bank’ for the state.

IronOre acid_drainageWA’s ChemCentre has begun a research initiative to further understand and curb Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), one of the leading environmental concerns produced by mining and development sites.

biofueltestingESTABLISHING an industry founded on algae-based biodiesel could potentially overshadow Western Australia’s iron ore industry and could be up and running in as little as five years, according to a local expert.

batteriesMURDOCH University scientists have created a technique using microfluidics which could revolutionise how resource companies recover high-value precious metals, making the process faster and cheaper.

lichen pollutionLICHEN could prove to be an affordable alternative to traditional biomonitors used to detect atmospheric heavy metals, following research in WA’s South West.

watertapA GROUNDBREAKING study has shown by-products from mining and mineral processing could provide a cost-effective solution for water treatment, as Western Australia tries to find an answer for stockpiling mining by-products.

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