Guanambi (Bahia, BRAZIL): granite and cacti land


Thirteen years ago I travelled into Bahia’s (Brazil) hinterland to evaluate ornamental granite deposits. It was a very short stay (36 hours counting the flights to and from Lisbon).
In following years, I travelled by land to the region (either en route to Chapada Diamantina or as a final destination) but the first impressions of granite massifs and cacti are still vivid (photos here).
It’s a poor region with a beautiful arid nature and warm people. Visit if you can; if not, you may read Jorge Amado’s works (my favourite Brazilian author). Doing both is even better.

If you ever travel there, don’t miss Salvador life and cultural heritage and Bahia’s beaches. Carpe diem.

LUCARA latest diamond sales catalogue

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The latest LUCARA Exceptional Stone Tender comes to an end today (April 13). These are exceptional (extremely expensive) diamonds produced by LUCARA in their Karowe kimberlite mine (Botswana). Not for my pocket and probably not your’s but, at least, we may browser the catalogue in awe – just click the link or the image above.

You may also want to check Lucaras’s website to download this and former sales catalogues. Enjoy.

The Portuguese mineral industry – update

Portugal has a long tradition in the mining industry (in our European heartland and, during our long and rich History, in other territories in South America, Africa, Asia). Romans mined (gold and other metals, natural stone) in what is now the Portuguese territory and before them the Celts and Phoenicians.

The  Portuguese mining industry is now built around three main pillars:

  1. The natural stone sector (with hundreds of active marble, granite and limestone quarries and high quality manufacturing centers – we are the largest per capita natural stone exporter: market research here).
  2. The metals (especially Au and W – in the country’s north and center – and Cu-Zn in VMS Iberian Pyrite Belt – in the south).
  3. Industrial rocks and minerals (kaolinite, felspar, aggregates, etc.).

There are several active exploration – evaluation projects (base metals, gold, tungsten) in the country and high potential for lithium and other mineral commodities. To know more about our mineral industry, just read Mineral Resources of Portugal, the latest official statistical information or, better still, contact us at

Portuguese infrastructure is first-class and where else do you find warmer people and weather and better food and wine?

Lista E, Ordem dos Engenheiros – Voto electrónico




Este é o momento em que mudamos, nos adaptamos, em que nos afirmamos.

Já podemos usar o voto electrónico nas eleições da Ordem dos Engenheiros a partir de hoje, segunda feira – 11 de Abril, até 21 Abril às 20h00. Agora é a melhor altura para o fazer. Receberam instruções através da carta enviada pela Ordem dos Engenheiros há cerca de uma semana atrás. É muito simples:

  1. A carta que recebemos tem no seu interior um envelope fechado. Esse envelope fechado tem PIN de (seis dígitos).
  2. Esse PIN, em conjunto com dados da nossa identificação pessoal, é o necessário para votarmos em (basta clicar no link).

Temos uma visão, uma equipa e um programa – um projecto novo e independente.

Precisamos da vossa confiança e do vosso apoio para construirmos, todos, um novo Colégio. Precisamos do vosso voto (electrónico, por correspondência ou presencial), agora.

LISTA E – Luís Chambel, Ana Luís e Joana Antunes

Colégio Nacional de Engenharia Geológica e de Minas – LISTA E

2015 Mining Review by ICMM

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry. ICMM is a membership organization, led by the CEOs of many of the world’s largest mining and metals companies and associations. ICMM is committed to enhancing environmental stewardship, human well-being and the role of mining and metals in society. –

They have just released their 2015 Annual Review: A global approach to collaboration, outlining industry leading work on water management, climate change, engagement with Indigenous Peoples and responsible sourcing.

The review examines the progress being made to improve performance in the mining and metals industry through closer global collaboration. ICMM chair Andrew Michelmore (CEO, MMG) notes that ‘[o]ver the last 15 years, ICMM has fostered significant progress in raising standards within the mining and metals industry: through leading practice guidance, policy engagement and collaborative partnerships. These are essential tasks and, throughout this report, we illustrate the positive steps the industry has taken.’

To obtain the report just click here or visit their website (above).