Portugal has been a mining country for more than 2.000 years. Mines and deposits worked in Roman times (e.g. Aljustrel in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, Penedono in the north) are still being exploited, explored or being considered for exploitation. Yet, despite its long mining tradition, Portugal has a good potential for new deposits – Neves Corvo mine massive VMS Cu – Zn, Sn deposits discovered in 1977, Tabuaço skarn-type W (scheelite) deposit discovered recently and now being evaluated by Colt Resources – currently as an Experimental Mining Licence (EML).
The Portuguese Government published a summary report (by Luís Martins) on the country’s mineral potential. To obtain it, just click here.
Love or hate them, for either good or bad reasons, but you have to acknowledge and respect De Beers (Anglo American)’s perspective on the diamond industry. Irrespective of your’s, you can read De Beers’ first hand opinion in both the:
LEI HOJE PUBLICADA ESTABELECE REGIME EXTRAORDINÁRIO DE REGULARIZAÇÃO, ALTERAÇÃO E OU AMPLIAÇÃO DAS ACTIVIDADES INDUSTRIAIS DAS EMPRESAS DE PEDRA NATURAL (EXTRAÇÃO E TRANSFORMAÇÃO)
O Decreto-Lei nº 165/2014, em Diário da República nº 214/2014, Série I de 2014-11-05, Ministério do Ambiente, Ordenamento do Território e Energia, “no uso da autorização legislativa concedida pela Lei nº 45/2014, de 16 de julho, estabelece, com caráter extraordinário, o regime de regularização e de alteração e ou ampliação de estabelecimentos e explorações de atividades industriais, pecuárias, de operações de gestão de resíduos e de explorações de pedreiras incompatíveis com instrumentos de gestão territorial e ou condicionantes ao uso do solo…”
Pode obter o Decreto-Lei acabado de publicar clicando aqui.
The “My Precious” picture gallery grows (check it here), with more diamond photos from past trips to the Diamantina – Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Light conditions are always poor and time short. It helps to travel with friends they know but the garimpeiros, despite intrigued with the expensive camera laden gringo speaking funny Portuguese, are invariably friendly; they always let me take all the pictures I want and let me, a stranger, witness the negotiation process. This picture – a complete parcel, including its container – was taken in 2012 in the Diamantina – MG region.