Five Fascinating Mines from Across the World (Part 3)

I am pleased to bring you the next edition of my Five Fascinating Mines from Across the World blog series. As always, I’ll be sharing pictures and interesting facts about the mining industry. For the first time viewer, I am an executive recruiter in the mining industry. I get to spend my days working with my clients discussing their staffing needs and filling those roles with the most qualified candidates on the market.

Since we’re getting into the holiday season, I want to mention how thankful I am to have this opportunity to help change lives in the most fascinating industry out there. So, if your company is having a hard time hiring in this tight talent market, please reach out to me so we can discuss how we can work together to effect change on your organization or personal career path… Enough of the sales pitch, let’s get to the good stuff!

Rio Tinto’s US Borax Operation – Boron, California

US Borax Operation in Boron CA

Source: Rio Tinto

Individual Americans use an average of 40,000 pounds of minerals each year. That’s right 40,000 pounds! From vitamins to salt, to laundry detergent you are using mined minerals daily!

Bailey Mine Complex – Pennsylvania

Bailey Coal Mine Complex

Source: Wikipedia

The Bailey Coal Mine Complex is a group of three coal mines in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Together, they make up the largest underground mine complex in North America. In 2013, the Complex contributed nearly 20 million tons of coal.

As a matter of fact, in 2016, coal producers paid $39 million in federal coal royalties. Granted, half of these royalties were used to fund public schools.

Mponeng Gold Mine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Source: Volvo Construction Equipment

The Mponeng Gold Mine in Johannesburg, South Africa is the world’s deepest mine, reaching a depth over 4km (13,123.4ft).

Soquimich Mine – Chile

Soquimich Mine - Chile

Source: Research Tree

Did you know that lithium was once a key ingredient in the soda 7 Up!? From 1940-1950, Lithium was in 7 UP, and  Cadbury Beverages Corporation even touted the positive health effects of lithium in their soda! For example, the image above from Soquimich Mine in Chile illustrates brine deposits containing lithium.

Brine deposits are essentially underground reservoirs that contain high concentrations of dissolved salts, such as lithium. Not to mention, dry lakebeds create it!

Graymont Minerals – Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania

Graymont Minerals Pleasant Gap

Source: Graymont

This one is for my aggregates clients! 85,000 tons of aggregates are needed to construct just one mile of interstate highway.

I tried to cover a little bit of everything on this one. From minerals, coal, and even gold, I really hope you enjoyed these interesting facts and breathtaking images. In addition, if you haven’t checked out the first or second edition of the Five Fascinating Mines from Across the World, you won’t want to miss them!