Science expands mining-sector prospects

If you have a mine company with a tailings pond full of coal slurry or a coal deposit that is no longer economic, there could still be value in it.

It may contain enough rare earth elements to make it worth processing.

And if you have a nickel, diamond or platinum mine, you might be able to turn your mine waste into a carbon capture and sequestration project.

And through some clever chemistry, you might also be able to put molecules to work to concentrate gold or other precious minerals in your tailings ponds to make it worth recovering.

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