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28/01/2014

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 January 2014

Adam Walton meets Cardiff University exploration geologist Dr Hazel Prichard, who travels the world in search of precious metals like platinum.

  • Hazel Prichard

    Today there's another chance to hear Adam in conversation with Dr. Hazel Prichard. Hazel is an exploration geologist - one of only a handful of female exploration geologists worldwide - and she’s spent her career scouring the planet for one of the most valuable minerals on Earth – platinum. It’s a tough, sometimes dangerous job and it’s taken to her to every corner of the globe, from Siberia to South Africa and from India to the ocean floor.

     

    Hazel tells Adam about her search for new sources of platinum. These include chromite mines in India and road dust, where tiny particles of platinum from cars’ catalytic converters accumulate.  She also shows Adam the mineral that made her name as a geologist and launched her career as a platinum-hunter. And she describes a recent close encounter with a leopard in India!

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