Hole in the ground: Is the lack of exploration storing up trouble for the future?

By IM Staff
Published: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

An uptick in mineral exploration financing since 2017 is welcome but may not be enough to undo years of under-investment in identifying new economic deposits, correspondent Rose Pengelly finds.

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There have been a growing number of warnings that the pullback in mining exploration spending over the past decade could lead to a shortage of mines and a fall in industry standards over the next 10 years.

A recovery in minerals and metals prices over the last...

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