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18 A New Look at Mining
and the Environment: Finding Common Ground
U.S. mining industry and environmental groups are in a standoff that is historically rooted, but not necessarily unbridgeable, as is evident from other countries.
Frank T. Manheim
Plus! Minerals consumption soars
24 The Rush to Uncover Gold's Origins
Geologists are hotly debating the genesis of 25 percent of the world's annual gold output.
30 Diamonds Bedazzle Canadian North
Canada is the sixth largest diamond producer in the world, and is getting a boost with new tools to navigate the region's unique climate and geology.
Digging Into Coal Mining Safety
The United States is looking at the safety of underground coal mines in light of several high-profile mining accidents earlier this year, but any evaluation of the current state of the industry needs to delve below the headlines.
8 NEWS NOTES
17 POLITICAL SCENE
38 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
4 From the Editor
6 Letters: Perspectives from readers
34 Where on Earth?
55 Classifieds: Career opportunities
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