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The Great Debate

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In 3,000 BC, the not-so-famous Roman geologist, Sulphurius Emanaceous said “Without geologists, there would be no civilization.”  To which the equally unknown miner, Ignominious Terriblus replied “Pone pecuniam tuam ubique os tuum es” (Put your money where your mouth is.).  This began a multi-millennium year debate about which sector of the mining industry is the most important to civilization.  It is time to finish this debate!


Teams (sectors) of the mining industry’s leading braggarts have been enlisted to brag, roast, cajole and otherwise humorously make a case for their supreme importance to civilization. Teams include Geoscientists (geologists, geochemists, geophysics, land), Miners (engineers, equipment operators, blasters, etc.), Metallurgists and Processing People, Emerging Leaders (under 40), Women mining professionals, and Environmental/safety/governance. Challenge your colleagues in other sectors to match or exceed your donation. Utilize your employer matching gift programs to double the impact, insuring your sector wins The Great Debate. 


Beginning January, 2020, one sector's position statement will be published monthly in SME's Mining Engineering magazine. Click here to read their statements and challenges.


CURRENT SCOREBOARD (Will be updated AT LEAST bi-weekly)



Scoring criteria: Each donor receives one point, and it will be attributed to whichever group the donor requests. IN ADDITION, for each $100 donated, an additional 1 point will be awarded. For corporate matching gifts, the matching company will receive the same number of points in the same sector as the original donation The total dollars accumulated will be shown on the cylinder gauge of the scoreboard.

Donate now to help your team settle this debate and support the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum!  Please note a convenience fee imposed by the service provider applies for online donations.  


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