The Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa has produced an estimated 40% of all the gold ever mined. In 1970 it accounted for 79% of all the world's gold produced that year. And yet, despite my South African heritage, I have to dismiss this as a historical artifact.
A recent article in the Vancouver Sun highlights the fact that the richest gold mine is not found underground. Expect mining students of the future to be studying a completely different "ore body". One containing printed circuit boards, LED's, medical devices, solar panels and other precious metal rich ore bodies.
Ronin8 is proud to be collaborating with PhD student Amit Kumar and professor Maria Holuszko at the University of British Columbia. We share the desire to leave a better world for future generations and this includes reducing the impact of traditional earth mining in the production of electronics by creating a circular economy.