Preparing rock compartments  for blasting on a 100 m high coastal cliff (La Réunion, 2006). © BRGM - Jean-Louis Nedellec

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EuGeLi: Lithium extraction from geothermal brines in Europe

05.04.2020
The European EuGeLi project funded by EIT Raw Materials aims to develop a process for co-producing lithium on an industrial scale from geothermal brines in the Rhine Graben.

Determination of anthropogenic pedo-geochemical backgrounds (FPGAs): the case of Toulouse Métropole

12.13.2019
Urban soils hold the "memory" of cities; the geochemical quality of urban soils, to which the population is exposed, reflects its history: emissions since the industrial revolution, successive reconstructions on rubble, particularly following historical conflicts, etc. This is why we know little...

Handbook on kaolin and kaolinic clays

12.13.2019
Nearly 400,000 tonnes of kaolin and kaolinic clays are extracted each year in France from 41 quarries. This handbook summarises the latest knowledge on these materials and on the value chains using kaolin across France.

Montagne d'Or project in French Guiana: economic positioning and alternative techniques to the extraction of gold from ore by cyanidation

12.13.2019
French Guiana is the most promising and attractive French region for potential gold deposits and more and more gold exploration projects are being carried out there. Guyanese gold deposits are classified into 5 types: alluvial, colluvial, residual, oxidized and primary. While gold production in...

French lithium resources in the form of hard rocks

10.28.2019
The mineral resources bureau of the DGALN (MTES) and the BRGM joined forces to make a synthesis of French lithium resources. French mainland resources have thus been placed within the European and global framework of the value chain. This important assessment of the potential resource was made...

MINTECO: Assessing the possibilities of reprocessing mining waste to recover metals

10.28.2019
BRGM is coordinating the European MINTECO project financed by ERA-MIN (2018-2021), which aims to propose scenarios for the reprocessing of mining tailings through case studies in Romania, Turkey and Poland.

WEEECAM: building a sustainable WEEE recycling sector in Cameroon

02.05.2019
The WEEECAM project aims to demonstrate the economic feasibility and sustainability of WEEE recycling (waste electrical and eletronic equipment) in a developing country context. The specific aim is to implement sustainable and reproducible WEEE collection and treatment in large urban areas in...

Geological mapping and mineral inventory in Malawi

02.04.2019
Since 2006, the BRGM has been coordinating a large-scale project in Malawi to develop the country's mining sector, covering all aspects from geological mapping and an inventory of mineral potential to organisation of the sector and transfers of competences.

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