Mining Explained

Areas of Study: Mining

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This course explains (in layperson's terms) exploration, mining and metallurgy, investing and how minerals are discovered, extracted, refined and marketed.


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  • Audience Level:
  • New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 15 hours

Course Summary


Mining Explained is a layperson's guide to mining that has become a respected reference. It is published in book format by the Northern Miner, a Canadian mining newspaper since 1915. This online course is developed from the 11th edition of Mining Explained.

This respected reference on exploration, mining and metallurgy and investing explains in layperson's terms how minerals are discovered, extracted, refined and marketed. Also included is an extensive 33 page glossary of mining terms.

This course covers Basic Geology, Prospecting, Sampling and Drilling, Mining Methods, Metals Markets, Investing in Mining... and much more.

Course Content

The course comprises 18 learning sessions, each of approximately 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables and references, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 15 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss all aspects of the mining industry including basic geology, prospecting, sampling and drilling, mining methods, metals markets and investing in mining.
  • Identify, analyze and compare mining investment opportunities.

Recommended Background

  • High school science

John Cumming

John Cumming, Editor-in-chief of The Northern Miner, joined the paper's Toronto bureau in 1996. Cumming holds a B.Sc. in geology from Carleton University in Ottawa and a M.Sc. in geochemistry from the University of Windsor. Building on his prior geological field experience in northern Ontario and Manitoba, Cumming has filed on-site reports for the 'Miner from more than a hundred mineral exploration and mining projects in dozens of countries.