This article reports on two recent ore mining conferences: The SME 85th Annual Meeting – Minnesota Section AIME, held concurrently with the 73rd University of Minnesota Mining Symposium held April 17-18, 2012, at Duluth, Minnesota and Metal Bulletin's 18th International Iron Ore Symposium which took place in Amsterdam, June 25 - 27, 2012.

By J J Poveromo*