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  • China's Shenhua Group Corp., the world's largest coal miner by output, last month placed its one billion-ton Watermark project north of the Hunter Valley on hold because of the policy uncertainty.

    Mines and Vines Clash in Australia

  • On June 12th, at 00: 55 Universal Time, an M2-class solar flare sparked a bright flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, propelling a shock wave through the sun's atmosphere, and hurling a billion-ton Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space.

    DK Matai: Could Super Solar Flares Take Us Back To 5000 BC?

  • A billion-ton reduction is a good carrot, but to achieve those kinds of cuts, every American would have to implement all the changes NRDC suggests.

    Meat may be less of a climate-change burden than some experts have claimed

  • The Charlotte, N. C.-based steelmaker said that pending environmental permit approvals, the St. James Parish mill would have a 2.5 billion-ton annual capacity and would employ about 150 once the first phase of the mill is complete.

    Nucor to Build Louisiana Iron Mill

  • The Afghan Ministry of Mines recently said it will seek bidders to explore for oil or gas in northern Afghanistan and to exploit an estimated 1.8 billion-ton iron-ore deposit in the Hajigak mountains, located west of Momaki along the road that is now under construction.

    U.S. and China Work Together to Rebuild Afghanistan

  • Rajasinghe had never thought that he would outlive Paul, or would see the fantastic billion-ton stalactite of the Tower almost span the gulf between its orbital foundation and Taprobane, thirty-six thousand kilometres below.

    The Fountains of Paradise

  • There is something very strange about a universe where a few dead butterflies can balance a billion-ton tower.

    The Fountains of Paradise

  • Because towns like this are like billion-ton old wagons sunk so deep in mudruts that nothing but dynamite can blow them out -- and they are not dealers in dynamite.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

  • In 2008, Rio Tinto Plc, the third-biggest mining company, was ordered by Guinea's former dictator, Lansana Conte, to hand over part of its Simandou 2.3 billion-ton iron project.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • They propose that what Bonilla observed were actually fragments of a massive, billion-ton comet, and the reason that no one else was able to observe the objects is that they passed so close to the Earth that they were only visible to observers perched on a very narrow slice of the planet.

    Gizmodo

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