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  • 3600-year-old Swedish Axes Were Made With Copper From Cyprus

    05/12/2016 8:35:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 11, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom
    Bronze tools found in Sweden dating from 3,600 years ago were made using copper from the Mediterranean, archaeologists have shown. They now also believe that rock carvings of ships found in Bohuslan, Sweden were visual documentation of trade between ancient Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Most of the copper circulating in Bronze Age Europe apparently originated from Sicily, Sardinia, the Iberian peninsula - and Cyprus, going by isotope analysis... The precious copper was exchanged for Nordic amber, which was as cherished as gold in Mycenaean Greece and in the prehistoric Middle East... The ancient Cypriot copper industry produced relatively pure stuff,...
  • Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus: Crossing Cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean [April 6, 2016]

    04/01/2016 12:03:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    via Biblical Archaeology ^ | April 2016 | JCCGW
    Excavations at Idalion, Cyprus: Crossing Cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean 8 p.m. JCCGW Theatre 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD Ann-Marie Knoblauch | Virginia Tech University Co-Sponsored by the Hellenic Society Prometheas Cyprus was an important trade center and cultural ‘crossroad’ in antiquity, controlled and influenced in different periods by the Mycenaean civilization, the sea-faring Phoenicians and Philistines of the Bible, Archaic Greece, the Persians in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Roman Empire, and even Christian Byzantium. The ancient site of Idalion is fortuitously situated near the copper-rich mountains of Cyprus and the harbors of the coast.  This prime location led to the...
  • Tel Aviv University discovers fabric collection dating back to Kings David and Solomon

    03/07/2016 4:00:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | February 24, 2016 | George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    The ancient copper mines in Timna are located deep in Israel's Arava Valley and are believed by some to be the site of King Solomon's mines... The tiny pieces of fabric, some only 5 x 5 centimeters in size, vary in color, weaving technique and ornamentation. "Some of these fabrics resemble textiles only known from the Roman era," said Dr. Orit Shamir... The archaeologists also recently discovered thousands of seeds of the Biblical "Seven Species"... the two grains and five fruits considered unique products of the Land of Israel. Some of the seeds were subjected to radiocarbon dating, providing robust...
  • Timna Park rediscovered by Tel Aviv archaeologists

    09/04/2013 6:37:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday September 3, 2013 | Ilan Gattegno
    According to a Tel Aviv University team of archeologists who studied the ancient Negev park, the mining activity at the site was at its height during the 10th century B.C.E., under the rule of kings David and Solomon. This essentially debunks the long-standing theory, devised almost 50 years ago, that the mines, used for the extraction of copper, were actually under the control of the ancient Egyptians. The discovery was made possible thanks to carbon-14 dating, a technology that was not available when the site was first explored. ... The Tel Aviv team used 11 short-lived samples -- 10 date...
  • Before Hatshepsut: Early Egyptian Queen Revealed in Hieroglyphs

    01/19/2016 11:23:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 19, 2016 | Owen Jarus
    About 60 drawings and hieroglyphic inscriptions, dating back around 5,000 years, have been discovered at a site called Wadi Ameyra in Egypt’s Sinai Desert. Carved in stone they were created by mining expeditions sent out by early Egyptian pharaohs archaeologists say. They reveal new information on the early pharaohs. For instance, one inscription the researchers found tells of a queen named Neith-Hotep who ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago as regent to a young pharaoh named Djer. Archaeologists estimate that the earliest carvings at Wadi Ameyra date back around 5,200 years, while the most recent date to the reign of a...
  • THE WORLD ACCORDING TO CHALPREM

    01/13/2016 5:42:47 AM PST · by lowtaxsmallgov · 1 replies
    Challenge The Premise ^ | January 11, 2016 | Ed Smith
    The Baltic Dry hit a new all-time low of 490 on Friday. Again, it’s the same problem as with the commodities: projects of all kinds – oil fields, mines, ships, ports – that were initiated early in the decade to take advantage of anticipated growing Chinese demand, are now coming on-line just as Chinese demand is faltering, leading to global over-capacity, over-supply and a glut of just about everything. It is an ingredient of the recession recipe. A "recession" is the painful process where excessive capacity and supply are cleared from the market.
  • Bronze Age mouse offers clues to royal shipwreck [ Ulu Burun wreck ]

    09/09/2008 12:31:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 194+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2008 | unattributed
    Remains of a long dead house mouse have been found in the wreck of a Bronze Age royal ship. That makes it the earliest rodent stowaway ever recorded, and proof of how house mice spread around the world. Archaeologist Thomas Cucchi of the University of Durham, UK, identified a fragment of a mouse jaw in sediment from a ship that sank 3500 years ago off the coast of Turkey. The cargo of ebony, ivory, silver and gold - including a gold scarab with the name of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti - indicates it was a royal vessel. Because the cargo...
  • Exploring the blue depths of the Aegean and Mediterranean

    08/04/2008 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 11 replies · 154+ views
    TurkishPress.com ^ | Monday, Aust 4, 2008 | By Levent Konuk
    The coasts of Anatolia are sprinkled with ancient cities whose harbours bustled with ships engaged in the thriving sea trade of the Aegean and Mediterranean. But not every ship made it safely to harbour. Many were wrecked in storms and sank with their cargoes to the seabed, and the remains of these have lain hidden on the seabed for long centuries. Wrecks of both merchant and warships each have their historical tale to relate, and are among the underwater sights that fascinate divers today. No other region of the world is so rich in sunken history as the seas around...
  • Brock University professor anxious to dive on Iron Age shipwreck

    12/29/2007 6:52:12 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 125+ views
    The Standard (St. Catharine's Ontario) ^ | Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Samantha Craggs
    The last time anyone touched the artifacts Elizabeth Greene is after, Rome was a new empire and climate change had just pushed the Scandinavians into Europe... The unexplored wreck sank between 700 and 450 BC. For Greene, who has assisted in a handful of shipwreck dives, it will also be the first in which she takes the lead... A trade hub in ancient times for Greece and Turkey, the Mediterranean has thousands of ancient shipwrecks, "more than we'll ever be able to excavate," Greene said. They are so old that most of the actual ships are gone, eaten by underwater...
  • An Ancient Voyage In Just Two Months (Foca People)

    03/30/2007 2:02:04 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 273+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | 3-29-2007 | Omer Erbil
    An ancient voyage in just two months Thursday, March 29, 2007ÖMER ERBİL A replica of the oldest known shipwreck, Uluburun II, was built by the 360 Degree Historical Research Association in Urla, İzmir and displayed in Bodrum as part of activities marking the 80th anniversary of Sabotage Day in July. Journey from Foça to Marseille.. A group, who built the replica of ships used by old Foça people 2,600 year ago, will set to sail next year. The voyage will last two months. The 360 Degree Research Group, which had built the replica of the oldest known shipwreck, Uluburun II,...
  • Replica of 3,300-year-old shipwreck arrives in Bodrum [ Uluburun II ]

    07/02/2006 6:51:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1,126+ views
    Turkish Daily News (thanks, curmudgeonII) ^ | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 | unattributed
    The Uluburun II, which is on display in Bodrum and sponsored by the Bodrum Peninsula Promotion Foundation started to be built in 2004 using late Bronze Age techniques and was launched in 2005... The [original] Uluburun sank in the 14th century 8.5 kilometers southeast of Kafl in Uluburun Bay while carrying copper and tin from Alexandria to Crete. It was discovered in 1982 by a diver. The remains of the shipwreck were unearthed by an excavation team consisting of archaeologists and divers and the process has lasted over 20 years. Considered to be one of the most significant archaeological finds...
  • Archaeology professor scrutinizes age-old mystery [ Uluburun wreck excavation]

    11/24/2008 3:39:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 1,338+ views
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Kayla Kitts
    In 1983 a sponge diver found funny metal biscuits with ears at the ocean floor. That is how the excavation got started, Hirschfeld said. The ship carried ten tons of copper ingots, which after being analyzed, were determined to be from Cyprus. Each ingot weighs approximately 60 pounds, she said. She and her team also excavated glass ingots, tons of tin, and three Italian swords that were not part of the cargo of the ship. Among the 130 Canaanite jars they found, there were traces of wine in the jars and one was full of glass beads. The team also...
  • Ancient Furnace Sparks Archaeological Interest

    01/22/2006 3:32:36 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 701+ views
    Cypress Weekly ^ | 1-22-2006
    Ancient furnace sparks archaeological interest A UNIQUE site in the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean and expected to shed more light on ancient copper mining has been uncovered in the Mathiatis area, about 20km south of Nicosia. It consists of the base of a copper smelting furnace with its last charge of slag still in place. The discovery was made by students participating in an educational research programme in cooperation with Inter Community School Cyprus Project 2005, under the direction of Dr Walter Fasnacht. The participants from the staff of the Department of Antiquities were G. Georgiou, archaeologist, and E...
  • Newberry Tablet

    12/26/2015 5:57:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Fort de Buade Museum ^ | bef. 2015 | unattributed
    ...Why do the Greek descendants of the Minoans share a gene in their DNA with the Chippewas and no one else on the planet? In November of 1896, near the town of Newberry, Michigan. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula two woodsmen clearing land on a farm uprooted a tree and discovered three statues, and a clay tablet. The tablet was 19 by 26 inches in size. 140 small squares were cut into the stone. In each square a letter or character. The University of Michigan and the Smithsonian Institution were notified. Both of these institutions, at the time refused to look...
  • Superior, Arizona - An Old Mining Camp with Many Lives

    12/11/2015 9:44:17 AM PST · by JimSEA · 36 replies
    Arizona Geological Survey ^ | 12/2015 | David Briggs
    Silver King Mine (1875-1920) In 1873, a soldier named Sullivan, who had been involved in the construction of the road that had become the main route between the Globe area and valleys of the Salt and Gila rivers was returning to camp one evening, when he found several heavy, black nuggets of metallic material near the base of Stoneman’s Grade (Short et al, 1943). Although he had little knowledge of minerals, he figured that he must have found something unusual. He kept the black nuggets and returned to camp without saying any- thing about his discovery to the other soldiers....
  • Dr Copper, The Economy and The Stock Market No Longer in Sync

    11/23/2015 11:05:58 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 11-23-2015 | Sol_Palha
    Sol_Palha November 23,2015 Doctor copper, can no longer be viewed as a leading indicator, in fact, a name change might be in order. A change of name from Dr Copper to deadbeat copper might in order, given its dismal record over the years. After the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the economy, the stock markets and copper parted ways; while the markets and the economy trended higher, copper plunged into an abyss, and it is still trying to find its footing. All Jokes aside, the reason copper is diverging from the markets is because the Feds destroyed the concept of a...
  • Copper Futures Are Getting Destroyed In Another Asian Commodities Rout (Dr Copper)

    11/23/2015 7:06:40 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 11-23-2015 | Greg McKeena
    Greg McKennaNovember 23, 2015 It’s an ugly day on industrial commodity markets in Asia today with some big falls in crude oil, copper, zinc, and Chinese rebar steel. At the moment Nymex crude for January delivery is down 2.74% to $40.75 a barrel, Brent crude is down 1.75% to $43.87 a barrel, Copper in US trade has fallen 2% to another six-year low of $2.01 a pound, but it is down 3.74% in Shanghai. Zinc in Shanghai is down 1.03%, and rebar steel on the Shanghai exchange is off 3.35%. Interestingly even against this back drop Gold still can’t find...
  • Copper Is Crashing In China

    11/16/2015 8:50:19 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-16-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/16/2015 Shanghai Copper is down 4.6%, hitting fresh cycle lows not seen since March 2009. No clear catalyst is evident for now aside from stronger USDollar, Codelco's cuts, and more chatter of CCFD unwinds. If COMEX Copper holds these losses, it will be down for 10 straight days - the longest on record from what we could tell. Copper is crashing in China... (snip)
  • Secret Foreign Ministry document: Venezuela sends uranium to Iran

    05/25/2009 1:37:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1,062+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/25/2009 | ap
    Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they are involved in the development of Iran's nuclear program, considered a strategic threat by Israel.
  • Silver Is Soaring

    08/27/2015 10:11:30 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-27-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/27/2015 Shortly before 10amET, amid USD strength, futures prices for Copper, Crude, and Silver suddenly started spiking higher...(snip)
  • Dr. Copper Is Speaking, Are You Listening? ...

    08/19/2015 8:53:02 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 8-19-2015 | Rambus_Chartology
    August 18, 2015 By: Rambus_Chartology Copper is an important commodity when it comes to the health of the world economies and how it does often reflects how strong or weak the economy is. Its been awhile since we took an indepth look at Dr. Copper to see how healthy it is so tonight we'll look at a few charts starting with a daily look.(snip)
  • Commodities Are Re-entering A 'Deflationary Vortex'

    08/10/2015 11:11:40 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    BI ^ | 8-10-2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Akin Oyedele August 10, 2015The pain is far from over for commodity prices. Gold, crude oil, copper, and aluminum have all had ugly plunges this year, especially in July. And as far as analysts at Macquarie see it, it's only going to get worse.In a note to clients on Monday, the firm writes that the plunge in prices is not just a story of oversupply in commodities but also an undersupply of the dollar. And so as dollars become more scarce, the dollar gets more expensive, meaning that on a gross basis, fewer dollars buy more commodities, making it hard...
  • 'They're not going to get away with this': Anger mounts at EPA over mining spill

    08/10/2015 10:34:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Anger was mounting Monday at the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the massive spill of millions of gallons of toxic sludge from a Colorado gold mine that has already fouled three major waterways and may be three times bigger than originally reported. An 80-mile length of mustard-colored water -- laden with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and cadmium -- is working its way south toward New Mexico and Utah, following Wednesday's accidental release from the Gold King Mine, near Durango, when an EPA cleanup crew destabilized a dam of loose rock lodged in the mine. The crew was...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • There Goes Copper...

    07/23/2015 10:02:41 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    BI ^ | 7-23-2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Akin Oyedele July 23, 2015Copper is at a six-year low. On Thursday, copper fell nearly 2% to as low as $2.385 a pound, the weakest level since 2009. This is part of a big sell off in commodities. Iron-ore prices have plunged, crude oil is trading below $50 per barrel, and gold is far from recovering after Sunday's flash crash and this week's continued weakness. Each market has its own set of factors motivating traders to sell. However, concern about China's slowing economy is something that is working its way across a few markets. (snip)
  • Copper Wire Stolen From San Jose Police Activities League Field

    06/03/2015 10:32:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 3, 2015
    Police in San Jose are finding themselves the victims of a crime, after someone stole copper wire at the Police Activities League’s baseball field. According to authorities, wire was taken from one of the light stands. Police said the fix is going to be expensive and take a while. “There’s two different light towers, and since one of the light towers isn’t working, there’s the possibility that we might have to cancel some games in the future,” Sgt. Jim Ureta of the San Jose Police Department told KPIX 5. Police estimate it would cost $25,000 to get the lights working...
  • Ultrathin Copper-Oxide Layers Behave Like Quantum Spin Liquid

    06/10/2011 8:04:58 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    Brookhaven National Laboratory ^ | June 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Surprising discovery may offer clues to emergence of high-temperature superconductivityUPTON, NY — Magnetic studies of ultrathin slabs of copper-oxide materials reveal that at very low temperatures, the thinnest, isolated layers lose their long-range magnetic order and instead behave like a “quantum spin liquid” — a state of matter where the orientations of electron spins fluctuate wildly. This unexpected discovery by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland may offer support for the idea that this novel condensed state of matter is a precursor to the emergence of...
  • Copper commodities

    04/12/2015 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Hildy · 19 replies
    April 12, 2015 | Hildy
    Does anyone here have any knowledge of the commodity market? there seems to be a lot of activity with copper and I am interested to see what the professionals think about it, since I do live in the "COPPER STATE." Thanks in advance.
  • Copper Just Spiked (Dr Copper)

    03/23/2015 3:01:04 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 3-23-2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Akin Oyedele March 23, 2015 Copper just spiked. Copper futures by more than 5% rose to as much as $2.1945 a pound after the closing bell on Monday. That's the highest its been all year. There was no immediate news related to the rapid increase. Prices had been sliding, as China's economic woes meant that it was in less demand for construction. (snip)
  • Copper Commodity Price Technical Outlook (Dr Copper)

    02/23/2015 6:53:55 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-23-2015 | Austin Galt
    February 22, 2015 By: Austin Galt Copper got a bit of press attention recently with headlines of a plunge in price. This was in early January and I hadn't looked at the copper chart for a few days and I was gobsmacked when I did. A plunge they say?! What a load of baloney!! If that was a plunge then they are in for a big shock later this year if my analysis is correct. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start with the small picture and then come back to the big picture which will reveal the...
  • The Copper Heart of Volcanos

    02/12/2015 10:48:03 AM PST · by JimSEA · 24 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 2/10/2015 | News Staff
    The link between volcanism and the formation of copper ore could lead to discovery of new copper deposits. Copper has been in use for 6,000 years and it shows no signs of slowing down. The average home has about a hundred pounds of it and we are going to have more people and homes, not fewer. Volcanoes may be the answer. A research team led by Professor Jon Blundy of University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, studied giant porphyry copper deposits of the variety that host 75 percent of the world's copper reserves. Copper forms in association with volcanoes...
  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 5:58:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-22-1015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/21/2015 While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as @Not_Jim_Cramer notes, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities. That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling and are breaking the 6-year up-trend that has 'proved' the recovery. With no CCFD manipulation and less financialization than crude, perhaps Lumber is the real canary in the economic collapse coalmine... Lumber is the most correlated to ISM and GDP of all the industrial commodities... and that is not good for the US economy...
  • BAML: Dr. Copper Is Shouting 'Sell' Chinese Stocks

    01/14/2015 3:10:05 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 1-14-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland January 14, 2015Copper took turn for the worst on Tuesday night, falling more than 6% to below $2.50 per pound in New York, a fresh four-year low. In a note to clients on Wednesday, David Cui at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said this not sending a good signal to the white hot Shanghai stock market, which was the world's best performing stock market in 2014. Cui wrote that given the widespread use of copper in the Chinese economy, a drop demand — and a resulting drop in price — is often a good indicator of economic health...
  • Planned Arizona copper mine would put a hole in Apache archaeology

    12/13/2014 5:43:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Science ^ | 10 December 2014 | Zach Zorich
    A site on Apache Mountain, where Apache warriors plunged to their deaths to avoid the U.S. cavalry, may soon overlook a copper mine. Archaeologists and Native American tribes are protesting language in a Senate bill that would approve a controversial land exchange between the federal government and a copper mining company -- a swap that may put Native American archaeological sites at risk. The bill is needed to fund the U.S. military and is considered likely to pass the Senate as early as today. The company Resolution Copper Mining hopes to exploit rich copper deposits beneath 980 hectares of Arizona's...
  • 57 Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Urge Senate to Nix Sacred Land Giveaway

    12/12/2014 3:34:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Indian Country Today Media Network ^ | December 12, 2014 | by Gale Courey Toensing
    More than 70 tribal nations have urged the U.S. Senate to defeat or remove a section of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would transfer a part of the publicly-owned Tonto National Forest that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe to a giant international corporation for a massive, environmentally devastating copper mine. “If such a land transfer provision seems out of place in a defense bill, that’s because it is. If the idea of transferring the ownership of federal forest lands to foreign mining companies seems absurd, it’s because that’s true, too,” said Fawn Sharp, President of...
  • Resolution Copper shaft is deepest in North America

    12/03/2014 10:11:45 AM PST · by JimSEA · 36 replies
    Arizona Geology ^ | 11/27/2014 | Lee Allison
    Shaft #10 at the Resolution Copper mine in Superior reached its final depth of 6,943 feet (2,116 m). The 28-foot diameter shaft is the deepest single lift shaft in North America, according to the company. [Right top, bottom of shaft #10. Photo credit, Resolution Copper] The Resolution mine would produce an estimated 25% of the nation's copper for the next 40 years once it's completed. [Right bottom, headframe for shaft #10. Photo credit, Nyal Niemuth] "The completion of this 1.3 mile deep vertical shaft is truly unprecedented in North America,” said Tom Goodell, General Manager of Shaft Development for the...
  • Backers of Alaska gold mine win court battle with EPA

    11/26/2014 8:54:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014
    On-again, off-again plans for the world's largest gold and copper mine could be back on again, after a federal judge in Alaska issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from its ongoing efforts to bury the project. Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, which would take place near Anchorage, claims the regulatory agency has conspired illegally with opponents of the mine to devise scientific and environmental justifications for blocking it. Salmon fishermen in Washington state and Alaska, Native American groups and environmental organizations have opposed the massive project for several years, and had appeared to have...
  • Islamic State minting own currency

    11/16/2014 3:06:03 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM | Mary Papenfuss
    ALEPPO, Syria, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Here's what every caliphate apparently needs: its own money, so Islamic State leaders plan to mint their own gold, silver and copper coins. The decision aims to remove Muslims from the "tyrant's financial system" and a global monetary operation "based on satanic usury," said a statement by the Islamic State's Beit al Mal, or treasury, and posted on websites used by jihadist movements. The exchange rate of the new currency — which will consist of seven coins — and where it can be found will be spelled out in a future statement. Unlike many...
  • Islamic State Group Says It Will Mint Its Own Coins

    11/14/2014 4:42:19 PM PST · by misanthrope · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday November 14, 2014 5:02 AM
    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group has ordered the terror organization to start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency — the Islamic dinar. A website affiliated with the group posted the order late Thursday, saying IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi instructed his followers to mint the coins to "change the tyrannical monetary system" modelled on Western economies that "enslaved Muslims."
  • ISIS to mint own Islamic dinar coins in gold, silver and copper

    11/14/2014 10:25:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Friday 14 November 2014 10.23 EST | Martin Chulov
    It has gathered its fortune through the tools of modern finance, but now Islamic State (ISIS) aims to mint its own coins. The move is reportedly the brainchild of the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has personally overseen the design of gold, silver and copper coins of the Islamic dinar to be used in his self-declared caliphate—as soon as the terror group can locate a mint and enough precious metals. ISIS released designs of the coins and a breakdown of denominations. It claims the currency will free Muslims from a financial order that has “enslaved and impoverished” them. But...
  • ISIS Unveils Its New Gold-Backed Currency To Remove Itself From "The Oppressors' Money System"

    11/13/2014 8:32:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 45 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11/13/2014 | Tyler Durden
    . It appears the rumors are true. Islamic State is set to become the only 'state' to back its currency with gold (silver and copper) as it unveils the new coins that will be used in an attempt to solidify its makeshift caliphate. ISIS says the new currency will take the group out of "the oppressors' money system." As Zaid Benjamin notes, ISIS releases details of its new currancy with golden 1 & 5 dinar, silver 1, 5, 10 dirham and copper 10 & 20 fils It seems Alan Greenspan may have been on to something after all... "Remember what...
  • Chilly Record! Coldest Object on Earth Created in Lab

    11/02/2014 6:06:57 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 45 replies
    Live Scince ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kelly Dickerson
    A chunk of copper became the coldest cubic meter (35.3 cubic feet) on Earth when researchers chilled it to 6 millikelvins, or six-thousandths of a degree above absolute zero (0 Kelvin). This is the closest a substance of this mass and volume has ever come to absolute zero. Researchers put the 880-lb. (400 kilograms) copper cube inside a container called a cryostat that is specially designed to keep items extremely cold. This is the first cryostat built that is capable of keeping substances so close to absolute zero.
  • Arizona Mining Review

    10/31/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 2 replies
    Arizona Mining Review ^ | 10/29/2014 | Floyd Grey
    This month’s Arizona Mining Review includes several interesting topics. Of particular note are: Mining copper at 7000 feet down (0:40). Interview with Floyd Gray, United States Geological Survey: September Rains and Mining Runoff in the Patagonia Mountains, Southeastern Arizona (15:07).
  • On The Coming Collapse Of Copper

    10/25/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-25-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/25/2014 18 months ago we first brought the world's attention to the end of what has now been exposed as among the largest ponzi schemes in history - the Chinese Commodity Financing Deals (CCFDs) - pointing out how this meant commodities like copper were likely to come under pressure as firms liquidate what minimal holdings they had (and sell out futures hedges) to manage the risk of unwinds in these quasi-collateralized deals. Since then, copper prices have indeed plunged, as has global growth expectations and global bond yields as a realization that 'demand' implied by previous prices was...
  • Copper thieves strike Rosa Parks’ historic Alabama apartment: police

    08/27/2014 1:19:08 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 27, 2014
    Thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, police said Tuesday. Detectives are seeking suspects who ripped and stole copper wiring from Parks' former apartment and several other now-vacant units being renovated, Montgomery police Sgt. Denise Barnes said. Workers discovered the thefts Monday. Police believe the crimes happened between 4 p.m. Friday and Monday, Barnes said. "Vandals came in and pilfered it. They went in and tore out the walls and they stole the copper pipes...
  • Copper Surges To 4-Month High

    06/30/2014 10:33:37 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-30-2014 | Dennis Gartman
    Tyler Durden 06/30/2014 Copper has rallied almost 6% in the last few weeks with a 1.25% surge today sending the 'economic' metal back to near 4-month highs. This must means demand is picking up, right? This must mean the world is ok, right? Chatter is that this morning's home sales 'noise' surprise spike was the catalyst but it appears much more likely that a combination of a continued squeeze of a very-extended spec short position and the ongoing unwind of China's commodity-finance-deals is the real catalyst. As the market comes to terms with synthetic demand (CCFD unwinds buying back hedges)...
  • China state copper firm chief jumps to his death following corruption allegations: report

    06/25/2014 3:28:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 6-25-14 | unattributed
    The head of a US$2 billion Chinese copper producer fell to his death from a building, the firm announced on Wednesday, with a state-run newspaper claiming he committed suicide following corruption allegations. The chairman of state-owned Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group, Wei Jianghong, died on Tuesday after falling off a building, the company said in a statement. A string of officials have killed themselves in recent months, with speculation linking some to a crackdown on graft launched by President Xi Jinping after he took office last year. State-run media said Wei jumped from a hotel owned by the company in Tongling,...
  • Metal thieves pillage French wind turbines

    06/03/2014 7:21:56 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-05-28 | Louise Nordstrom
    A sophisticated network of metal thieves has targeted some 20 French wind turbines in a new looting trend, scaling the near 40-metre-high structures and stealing up to one tonne of metal from a single engine, Le Figaro reported Wednesday. Citing an anonymous police source, the daily newspaper said the ring stole metal from wind farms in sparsely populated areas, where they had less chance of being caught. “They cut the power to turn off the engine propeller motor,” the officer said, noting the thieves broke through the doors at the bottom of the turbines, before using the stairs to reach...
  • Gold Is Having Its Worst Day Since The Day Of The Taper

    04/15/2014 5:48:07 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 4-15-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Gold Is Having Its Worst Day Since The Day Of The Taper Joe WeisenthalApril 15, 2014, 8:30 AMGold is getting smoked today. Worst day since December, when the taper was first announced.
  • Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert CO2 (To Hydrocarbons!)

    04/11/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 04-11-12 | Jennifer Chu - Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Copper -- the stuff of pennies and tea kettles -- is also one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy. When fashioned into an electrode and stimulated with voltage, copper acts as a strong catalyst, setting off an electrochemical reaction with carbon dioxide that reduces the greenhouse gas to methane or methanol. Various researchers around the world have studied copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in powerplants: Instead of being released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide would be circulated through a copper catalyst and turned into...