We've mentioned it a few times but 2017 is a special year for the Institute of Quarrying, after all its not every year you get to celebrate a birthday as momentous as being 100 years old!
As people go back to work in the New Year and start to look at their Continual Professional Development goals for 2017 we are happy help with the launch of a new qualification developed for the industry by IQ Academy.
The workshop at HQ is very busy this time of year, filled with merry jingles as the IQ elves are trying to wrap all the presents ordered from ShopatIQ ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve.
The news that bearded tits have been bred for the first time in Nottinghamshire has caused a few childish reactions in the IQ office. Despite the smutty humour behind the name of these pretty little creatures, the story behind the announcement demonstrates how the quarrying industry actively works with the natural environment with far reaching benefits.
Provider of one of nature’s most awe inspiring displays and a force capable of destroying entire civilisations. Volcanoes are essentially a rupture in the earth’s crust, allowing magma to reach the surface of the earth.
Sedimentary rocks make up around 75% of the earths surface, found both in and on the Earth’s crust they are formed when sediments like sand and silt collect and harden.
Looking back on National Minerals Week got me thinking about the fascinating stories rocks can tell us from the worlds history, charting climate and environmental change over millions of years. They can uncover a story of vast deserts, tropical seas, lush swamps and ancient forests.
Our weekly blog post has been slightly delayed this week because the IQ team has been out in Dubai for the Mining Show 2016.
As the first ever National Minerals Week comes to a close, we wanted to do something different to showcase the beauty of the little known mineral used in this logo, bismuth.