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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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3. The Development of Mining Technology

Mining in recent decades has leaned increasingly towards technology in the all-important field of mineral exploration. However, it would be wrong to assume that this use of technology is a recent development, because science in the form of geophysics and geochemistry has been helping in mining exploration since the late 19th century. Of course many old-time prospectors believed that their local knowledge and feel were all that was needed to conduct successful exploration, but as surface ore leads became rarer the search for metals turned towards buried deposits where no outcrops were obvious. In order to identify the most promising targets mining exploration companies have, over the years, increasingly ...

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