Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mining and Environment Outreach: Guest Blogging

Are you interested in environment and mining?
Do you like to write? Or want to have a go trying?
Are you keen on Open Access science and information sharing?
Or keen on sharing your thoughts and ideas?

Soilduck wants YOU!

The Idea
To share information and ideas about mining and environment in Australia from multiple viewpoints and perspectives. To offer opportunities for collaboration between people, to exchange ideas, to have open debate and idea sharing. You can be a scientist, work in the industry, be a member of a mining community, an interested person or whomever!

What is a blog?
A blog is a means of expressing scientific ideas and thoughts in a personal and informal manner. It can be used for collaboration, idea sharing, information spreading, criticism and comment. When you blog, you expect comments and replies as a means of furthering your ideas.

What to write?
Anything on mining and environment. It needs to be a-political, balanced and demonstrate problems and solutions. It can not include promotion of self or companies.

Is it necessary to say? Is it kind? Is it true? Do you maintain your integrity? Do you believe it?

Also - it will be reviewed before posting.

Soilduck is covered under a Creative Commons license. The license can be extended to all authors. Pseudonyms are welcome, but not encouraged. They must be linked back to at least one other internet source, such as Twitter or your own blog.

Soilduck encourages open debate and open review, in the spirit of Open Science. All authors are to write a short bio to go with their post.

If you are interested in getting involved, love to hear from you.

Happy blogging!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fanciful Fungi: Friday Fungi

I have had several people send me some great photos of fungi over the last couple of weeks, and thought I might share:

US Fungi (from California) via @ :

And some Inky Caps at different stages of their lifecycle from my father-in-law, Australia:

It seems like Fungi Season is here! Whoo hoo!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sustainable Mining Lecture

I have been asked to give an Introductory Lecture on Sustainable Mining in Australia. I am after fellow readers/interested people and experts thoughts and opinions on this topic.

Lecture Aim: 
To provide information to students that allows them to explore the idea of sustainability in the Australian minerals industry.

Where sustainability = environmental, social and economic intergenerational equity. 

Lecture Objectives:
  1. Allow the students to think about sustaibility in the industry; allow them to make their own decision. 
  2. Provide a balanced viewpoint using case studies and facts. This will be based on three main aspects: economics and people, science and policy.
  3. Promote the idea of collaboration between industry, NGOs, government, scientists and communities for positive outcomes

Outline of Lecture: 
  • Discuss aims and objectives of lecture
  • Give a brief overview of current mining in Australia - areas, types of materials, economics
  • Discuss economics and people: benefits, shut-down, MRRT (mining tax) giving case studies from Australia and the world.
  • Discuss current policy in Australia and recent changes, for example the NSW Coalitions new strategy for agricultural areas and updated policy in WA
  • Discuss current rehabilitation science and limitations, including food security and successfully rehabilitated mines
  • Discuss the benefits of collaboration and successful stories of sustainable mining
  • Main points, conclusion and questions
Your ideas and thoughts are welcome and appreciated! Please leave them in the comments section below.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fungi Season is coming!

With all the rain that Australia has been receiving from La Nina, I am getting excited for fungi season!

My friend Ed found this David Attenborough short on amazing Cordyceps fungi:

Soon there will be more fungi posts and hopefully I will find some spectacular ones this year!