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Is grade king in gold mining?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Technical Paper Reviews

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Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure to be involved in some fascinating research that is of genuine use to the mining industry. The work investigated the linkage between economic geology and mine costs in gold mining in Australian and New Zealand, i.e. what are the geological characteristics that lead to lower or higher mining costs across the industry…
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Gold Grades and Gold Costs: Exploding the High-Grade Myth

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, Recommended

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A couple of month's ago my PhD supervisor, Allan Trench, presented at the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle, on the subject: "Gold Grades and Gold Costs: Exploding the High-Grade Myth". The presentation was based on work by student Matt Kanakis, so really credit should go to him. It's a nice, simple study, that provides some good initial evidence, that at…
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