6.4.1. Exploring the urban mine

Course subject(s) Module 6. Thinking in Systems

In the previous unit you shared examples of urban mines in your area. In this video, David Peck interviews Dr Ester van der Voet. Ester explains why urban mines are a relatively new idea, and why ÔÇôstrangely enough- we know so little about them.

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  • Urban mines are the above ground stocks of metals (as opposed to the underground stocks of metal ores).
  • Presently, there is almost nothing known about these urban mines. Exploring urban mines means collecting a lot of information. How large are these stocks, where are they, when will they become available? What is their composition? How concentrated are the metals in the urban mines? Can we extract them easily and economically?
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