The Gobi Desert is a stretch of desert that covers an area of 1,295,000km2 and covers parts of northern and northwestern China and into southern Mongolia. The desert landscape makes the area more susceptible to trampling by livestock and off-road vehicles. In an effort to protect the natural desert environment and to ensure safe driving, Cypher’s EarthZyme soil stabilizer was applied to a stretch of coal mine haul road that hauls coal from Southern Mongolia into North China. This region of the desert is also blocked by the Himalaya Mountains which means it receives very little rainfall on an annual basis. This causes an extremely dry environment where dust suppression is necessary to ensure safe driving. The need for an effective dust control solution in this delicate environment required an environmentally-friendly solution that can control dust with minimal maintenance and re-application and a soil stabilizing effect that can withstand heavy … Read More
The lack of existing infrastructure is very much a reality in many third world countries around the world. This lack of infrastructure can also affect any housing or major construction projects that require access to areas without reliable roads for passage. For many humanitarian effects in these countries, it is necessary to build new dirt roads or feeder roads from scratch or to reconstruct existing dirt roads to withstand heavier loads. Many of these areas also lacked resources for constant maintenance for roads so a sustainable solution that is also environmentally-friendly is extremely important. The application process is also another important factor to consider when choosing the right soil stabilizer for these projects. Because many of these regions will not readily have access to modern road construction equipment and resources, the application process can not involve equipment that cannot easily be brought in to the construction sites. Cypher’s EarthZyme soil … Read More
For regions that experience snow, ice and freezing rains during the winter months, de-icing salts are a common method of keeping road safe. But these road salts have been proven to be hazardous to the environment. Read more about the corrosion threat of road salts that are used for de-icing roads in our latest article on Ezine. We would love to hear your thoughts on the use of road salts in your area. Read the excerpt below, or click here to view the full article. For regions that experience snow, ice and freezing rains during the winter months, de-icing salts are a common method of keeping roads safe. However, numerous studies throughout the years have shown road salts to be hazardous to the environment. The chemical make-up of salts used for de-icing purposes can include sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride. When these small compounds are released … Read More
We are excited to once again be attending the CIM Convention this year. This annual event is the signature event of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallury and Petroleum and brings together those involved in the mining industry from around the world to learn, share and network with their peers. This year, the CIM Convention will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over the years, the event has grown tremendously. This year, it is expected that over 6,000 people will participate in the event over the 3 day period. The event is highly valuable for those involved in the mining industry – the technical program is available to further enhance the conference experience. The sessions are arranged under five thematic streams so that participants can choose the topics that are most relevant for them. The open forum concept combined with presentations from industry experts will sure add to our participation in … Read More
In the first part of this two part blog entry, we highlighted how road salts cause corrosion to architecture and buildings. However, the level of corrosion caused by road salts is not only determined by the ingredients and distribution of particles, but also by the materials used in the construction of the architecture and buildings. Aluminium is considered a highly corrosive resistant material; mainly because of the protective oxide film used in its construction. Road salts, which contain chlorides, can easily penetrate this protective film and cause corrosion. The only way to prevent corrosion, apart from ensuring that only a product such as Dust Stop Liquid Concentrate is used for dust control and de-icing, is to regularly clean the surface and remove salt deposits. Aluminium corrosion is identified by a white or greyish dust forming on the surface of the metal. Although not the most significant contributor to the corrosion … Read More
It is widely recognized, through studies and testing, that the use of road salts causes significant corrosion problems for buildings and architecture. So undeniable is the evidence of road salt corrosion that potential damage is often estimated by using data from coastal architecture corrosion caused by natural sea salt. Basically, that means that comparing the weather and humidity in an area where road salts are used, to a similar coastal region, provides a real world model of how much damage results from the use of road salts. Similarly, it has been found that the use of magnesium chloride is a significant factor in the cause of truck, electrical systems and road concrete corrosion. Damage is not limited to architecture and buildings close to where road salts have been used, either. Moving vehicles, and especially heavy duty types, cause road salt mists to form in the air. These mists consist of … Read More
On March 4th, 2013, Cypher Environmental was asked to give a presentation at the Canada-China Green Mining Innovation Workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Natural Resources Canada Minerals and Metals Sector to improve communication between Canada and China to improve green practices in the mining sector and to promote mutually beneficial business partnerships between the two countries. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available for download.
We are looking forward to attending the PDAC2013 International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange – Mining Investment Show. This annual 4-day event is held in Toronto every year and this year’s show will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre -South Building from March 3rd to 6th, 2013. Since it’s inception in 1932, this event has grown substantially in size, stature, attendance and influence. Today, the event is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. Last year’s event attracted over 30,000 attendees from 125 countries around the world with over 1,000 exhibitors representing every facet of the mining industry. PDAC 2013 is an unique opportunity to meet with others in the mining industry as well as to showcase Cypher’s many environmentally-friendly solutions for the mining industry. We are looking forward to being part of this valuable event again and look forward to meeting you there!
While there are a variety of competitive products on the market, especially here in North America, most do no possess the same environmental qualities that our Cypher Dust Stop products can attest to. Other alternatives in the product category are road salts, more specifically and primarily Magnesium Chloride, followed closely by Calcium Chloride, both of which are highly corrosive products. The main attraction to these products is their low cost, which is admittedly lower than the options Cypher provides. However as time goes on and environmental issues become more and more in public view, customers are more willing to pay a slight premium for an environmentally / non-corrosive product. Advantages of Dust Stop Over Road Salt Products Studies have shown that de-icing salt damage is not limited to areas immediately adjoining roadways but also to architectural metals and other construction materials. Seasonal de-icing salt accumulations have been documented to affect areas up to … Read More
As of 2003, as much as 70% of the 3.9 million miles of roadway in the United States were unpaved. These unpaved roads are responsible for more than 10 million tons of particulate matter emissions each year. There are dangers to unwanted fugitive dust -these particles can become lodge in the respiratory area where they can cause severe irritation when inhaled. Smaller particles (particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller) can go even deeper into the human respiratory system and into the lungs where they can cause damage to the epithelial cells. These small particles may even be passed into the blood stream. Aside from health concerns for those living near or come into contact with unpaved roads, there are also impact to the surrounding environment and ecosystem. Water clarity can decline, which affects the wildlife and plant life that depend on the water source. Cypher Environmental’s Dust Stop products … Read More