Welcome to A Rock and A Hard Place, a Mineral Choices podcast. In each episode, Dr Saleem Ali and Thomas Hale speak to experts about the integral but too often hidden role of minerals in our modern world. From complex communications infrastructure to next-generation clean energy solutions, minerals are the key to unlocking a brighter and sustainable future. However, supplying enough minerals to meet the world’s ever-increasing demand is a significant challenge. Stuck with a choice between accelerating conventional mining activities and finding new alternative mineral resources, what is the global solution to this global problem?

Series 1

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For our first series, our hosts Thomas Hale & Dr. Saleem Ali sit down with leading academics in the field of mineral extraction and processing. What are the key trends of mineral use in our modern world? How do minerals impact our lives? Why study minerals and metals? Find out the answers to all these questions and more right here!

Series 2

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In our second series, Thomas Hale discusses the implications of mineral extraction, the need for critical minerals and materials for our sustainable futures and as ever, why minerals matter.
Find out the answers to all these questions and more right here!