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4.4 billion-year-old Erawondoo Hill gains national heritage listing

Did you know the world’s oldest minerals are found right here in Western Australia? The Zircon Crystals at Erawondoo Hill in WA’s Pilbara region date back 4.4 billion years and are only 120 million years younger than the earth itself. This globally unique site of international significance has just been added to the National Heritage […]

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How the resource sector has changed since 1991

The resource sector has changed considerably in the last 30 years. In 1991 gold was by far the number one resource contributing to the economy of Western Australia. As you can see from the chart below, things started to change with the mining boom at the start of the new millennium. China’s rise as a […]

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125 Years since gold was found in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

It’s been 125 years since gold was first discovered in Kalgoorlie and a lot has happened since then.

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Titanium, the thoroughly modern metal

Titanium’s benefits make it the perfect metal for the future and WA has a large part to play.

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All About That Brass

From Motown to polka, big band to marching band, the sound is largely shaped by one alloy – brass. This copper and zinc alloy is perfect for producing the bold, brash voices of the brass section.

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Steel Standing

The steel industry is one of the world’s most important industries – and Western Australia continues to supply the world with much-needed iron ore. But what would life be like without steel?

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Building with Steel

Discover the history of steel and how it helped build our nation.

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From the Drills to the Grills

Metal alloys play a huge part in modern day dentistry, from tools to fillings. And if you ever wondered how much the fillings in your mouth are worth, you’ve come to the right place. Legend has it that George Washington’s presidential dentures were made of wooden teeth, which would have made chewing a chore. (As […]

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A guide to the great Australian gold rush

The great Australian gold rush has helped shape the country into what it is today, touching the lives not just of Australians, but of people worldwide who have become part of its history.

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From then to now

From then to now. Mining in Western Australia has come a long way in the last 150 years.

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