Volume 97 Number 3 Mar 7 - 13, 2011

Ventana Gold's La Bodega project in the California-Vetas gold mining districtof northeastern Colombia. Photo by Ventana Gold

Colombia’s gold rush kicks into high gear

Colombia continues to excite mining investors and exploration geologists alike. With over 41 million oz. of gold identified so far, 2011 promises to be a landmark year for this country’s reemergence as a serious gold destination, as various…

Exploring at Cluff Gold's Baomahun gold project in Sierra Leone's Bo district, 180 km east of the capital Freetown. Photo by Cluff Gold

Mining risks and rewards in Africa

A record number of delegates descended on Cape Town in early February to hear about new African investment opportunities as countries continue to stabilize and open up, though risks remain. 

A paramo, a unique Alpine meadow ecosystem, mostly found in Colombia. Photo by Paul Harris

Colombia’s gold growing pains

The administration of former President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) opened the door to modern mining in Colombia. It was political foresightedness that is bearing fruit as various mineral projects advance to resource estimates and prefeasibility…

A view of the Santander mine site, which operated from 1958 to 1992. Photo by Vivian Danielson

Trevali revives Santander mine in Peru

The Santander mine project located 215 km from this coastal city has historic assets and strategic advantages that should help Trevali Resources (TV-T) achieve its goal of becoming Latin America’s newest silver-lead-zinc producer.

De Beers' Victor open-pit diamond mine in the James Bay Lowlands, 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario. Photo by De Beers

De Beers smiles as diamond prices rebound

While a certain amount of global uncertainty remains, 2010 saw a strong recovery in diamond prices driven by exceptional demand in China and India, coupled by a better than expected retail performance in the U.S. during the Christmas season.

Trouble in a mineralogical paradise

In late December 2010 a spokesman for the National Democratic Front (NDF), a confederation that encompasses many of the Philippines’ leftist groups – including the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People’s Army (NPA)…

All eyes on M&A

The mining sector was thrust into the media spotlight in 2010 as the number of mining mergers and acquisitions (M&A) hit an all-time high. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report tracked 2,693 global mining M&A deals worth US$113…

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