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Mineral to metal: Gold (Au)

A soft and malleable metal, gold is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and can be whitened by adding nickel or palladium

Collaboration: What lies beneath

The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre is looking into faster and more sustainable ways to detect mineral deposits deeper underground. David Simpson reports

International: New field of vision

An advanced detection system developed to accurately locate ore bodies is also used to find undetonated explosives. Tony Heselev reports

A brave new world

Tim Thwaites explores the modern world of sensors and sensor networks

Feature: Looking at the big picture

A world-first suite of maps is changing the way explorers look for minerals. Adam Courtenay reports

International: Water rights

The challenge of operating in a dry climate with scarce water supplies is not unique to the Australian minerals industry. Tim Treadgold speaks with Dr Mike Trefry about water management in Chile.

Director's comment: Tackling major issues

Message from Jonathan Law, Director of the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship.

Collaboration: Social science

Christine Williams investigates how community engagement can inform technology development.

Soil toxicity: The science of soils

Measuring the toxicity of metals in soils is more than science fiction. Adam Courtenay reports.

Mineral to metal: Iron (Fe)

Iron is the second most common element on earth and is thought to be a major component of the earth’s crust and inner core.

Feature break out: Mallees hold the key to salinity and a new cash crop

Tough mallee trees could become a key biomass crop. Tony Heselev reports

Industry perspective: In search of efficiency

Since the dawn of the metal production industry, demand has increased and reserve quality has declined, writes Xstrata Technology Chief Executive, Joe Pease.

Industry engagement: Global adoption

First Australia, then the world. Adam Courtenay explores the proliferation of Sirosmelt technology.

Feature break out: Extracting value from slag

A new technology piloted recently by CSIRO has the potential to derive significant value out of molten slag that is a by-product of steelmaking. Tony Heselev reports.

High amp testing: Energy savings

Jodie Parry investigates an unlikely source of energy loss in the metal production industry - the humble electrical connection.

Competing in a global market

Tim Thwaites explores retrofitting solutions for the Australian steel industry.

Feature: A vision in charcoal

The Australian steel industry has been hit hard by the high dollar, rising raw material prices and low cost imports. Technologies developed by CSIRO and its industry partners could set the industry on a new, low emissions path. Tony Heselev reports.

Our resilient coastal Australia

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is providing Australia's governments, industries and communities with the scientific knowledge, tools and approaches to make wise decisions about our uses of coastal environments.

CSIRO Chile locations

CSIRO Chile links into research activities at sites in Chile and Australia.

Dr Steve Barnes: discovering more about ore deposits

Dr Steve Barnes is an economic geologist with a background in igneous petrology, geochemistry and volcanology and is CSIRO’s expert in komatiites.

Driving sustainability through systems innovation

Reducing environmental impact with innovative solutions

Australia's shale gas potential

Shale gas has the potential to change the global energy market. Already, it has transformed the energy sector in the USA, positioning the USA as a potential net exporter rather than importer. Worldwide interest in shale gas has increased, and large shale gas reserves have since been identified in countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Australia.

Gilding the gum tree – scientists strike gold in leaves

Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it in their leaves and branches.

Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production

In a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels.

Offshore oil and gas

Working with industry, government and academia to deliver focused research and technology for the safe, efficient and sustainable use of Australia's marine wealth.

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