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The mining industry two years on

Two years ago, I completed the manuscript for my book The Remaking of the Mining Industry. I judged that by 2014 the great commodities boom which started in 2004 was well and truly over and that it was an appropriate moment to take stock of what had happened during the boom years and why.

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Water availability could prove to be one constraint on mining activities (Photo: Antofagasta's Los Pelambres in Chile)

A lot has happened in the intervening two years. So, with the release of a paperback edition of the book,** I thought it might be interesting to check back on whether some of the assertions made...