Mineral Notes: Graphite

Sn0wdenadminLatest News, Technical Articles

Graphite is an allotrope of carbon and is grey to black, opaque, very soft, has a low density and a metallic lustre. It is flexible and exhibits both non-metallic and metallic properties, making it suitable for diverse industrial applications.

Mineral Notes: Bentonite

Sn0wdenadminLatest News, Technical Articles

This article was written by Executive Consultant, Andrew Scogings. Bentonite is sometimes called the ‘mineral of a thousand uses’ and is characterised by properties such as its ability to swell in water, to act as a ‘natural glue’ or ‘bond’, special rheological properties when added to water (e.g. thixotropy), high surface area and exchangeable cations. These properties may be modified by treatment with acids, soda ash or other compounds such as polymers. Bentonite finds application across a wide range of markets including foundry (metal casting in sand moulds), clumping cat litter, iron ore pelletising, edible oil, wine and beverage purification, oil and other exploration drilling, civil engineering, animal feed and paper manufacture. Approximately 16 to 20 million tonnes of bentonite … Read More

EOM Reconciliation Bugbears Part 2

Sn0wdenadminLatest News, Technical Articles

From some of the varied comments on my first set of bugbears, I might just have hit a nerve or two with friends and colleagues alike, and all to the good. I suspect it’s not too early to move to the next round of these EOM reconciliation blogposts.

EOM Reconciliation Bugbears

Sn0wdenadminLatest News, Technical Articles

As part of a retrospective over a somewhat disparate reconciliation career, including time in the oil patch as a refinery economist and multiple front-line operational roles for base and precious metal miners,Snowden’s Geoff Booth thought a reflective commentary on some of the bigger reconciliation bugbears he’s repeatedly encountered along the way worthy of a blog or three.