Abandoned hardrock mines and climate change cause metals and other elements to leach into streams. They also put rare earth elements into the water, a new study finds.
Geological Surveys Unite to Improve Critical Mineral Security
A three-nation consortium is pooling geological expertise and resources to address vulnerabilities in supplies of these crucial natural resources.
Contamination of Medicinal Plants: Implications for Indigenous Health
A new study will trace the legacy of uranium mining on commercially available medicinal plants.
Urbanization, Agriculture, and Mining Threaten Brazilian Rivers
Harder to analyze and quantify, diffuse pollution is often overlooked when it comes to water quality assessments.
Pensando en el Zinc: Mitigando la Exposición al Uranio en la Nación Navajo
En un innovador ensayo clínico se estudia el impacto del zinc en la mitigación de los efectos sobre la salud relacionados con la minería de uranio. Éste se lleva a cabo mediante la “participación bidireccional” entre los Navajos y las comunidades médicas.
Cratons Mark the Spot for Mineral Bonanzas
A new map of the thickness of Earth’s lithosphere contains clues to large deposits of key metals.
Deep-Sea Mining May Have Deep Economic, Environmental Impacts
A new report supports the creation of a compensation fund for nations that rely on terrestrial mining, but it fails to dispel environmental concerns over deep-sea mining.
Ancient Rivers and Critical Minerals in Eastern Alaska
Fieldwork is revealing a history of landscape evolution over the past 5 million years that links climate change and river capture to critical mineral resources across the Alaska-Yukon border.
Thinking Zinc: Mitigating Uranium Exposure on Navajo Land
An innovative clinical trial uses “two-way participation” between Navajo and medical communities to study the impact of zinc on mitigating health effects associated with uranium mining.
Citizen Science Reduces Risks from Combusting Coal-Mine Wastes
A community-based citizen science study on spontaneously combusting coal-mine waste heaps in Myanmar underpins the development of risk management plans to protect individuals and communities.