Boulby Mine

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Boulby Mine is a 200 ha site located just south-east of the village of Boulby, on the north-east coast of the North York Moors in Redcar and Cleveland, England.wikipedia
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Boulby

Boulby Mine is a 200 ha site located just south-east of the village of Boulby, on the north-east coast of the North York Moors in Redcar and Cleveland, England.
The village was the site of alum mining activity in years past, and is currently the site of Boulby mine, a 200 ha site run by Cleveland Potash Limited which produces half of the UK's output of potash.

Teesport

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Teesport handles most of the bulk cargo export from the mine, via a specific potash and rock salt terminal.

Imperial Chemical Industries

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The first shaft was begun in 1968 and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) began construction on the mine in 1969, with potash from one shaft being produced in 1973.
During his tenure, ICI created the wholly owned subsidiary Cleveland Potash Ltd, for the construction of Boulby Mine in Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire.

Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway

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Much of the output from the mine is transported by rail, as the site is located south of Loftus along the route of the former WRMU (Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway), which was closed on 5 May 1958.
The line was closed in May 1958, a short section to Boulby Potash Mine re-opened in the 1970s.

Polyhalite

In early 2016, polyhalite mining commenced.
Deposited 260 million years ago, it lies 150-170 m below the potash seam at the Boulby Mine.

ZEPLIN-III

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It operated at the Boulby Underground Laboratory (North-East England, UK) in the period 2006–2011.

Directional Recoil Identification from Tracks

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DRIFT-IId, which is located 1100m underground in the Boulby Underground Laboratory at the Boulby Mine in North Yorkshire, England, and DRIFT-IIe, which is located on the surface at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

UK Dark Matter Collaboration

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Detectors were set up 1100 m underground in a halite seam at the Boulby Mine in North Yorkshire.

Winsford

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It is one of only three places where rock salt is commercially mined in the United Kingdom, the others being at Boulby Mine, North Yorkshire, and Kilroot, near Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

Dark matter

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Examples of underground laboratories with direct detection experiments include the Stawell mine, the Soudan mine, the SNOLAB underground laboratory at Sudbury, the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, the Canfranc Underground Laboratory, the Boulby Underground Laboratory, the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory and the China Jinping Underground Laboratory.

Israel Chemicals

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It is run by Cleveland Potash Limited, which is now a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL). ICI formed Cleveland Potash Limited jointly with Anglo American, and later sold it to them, which in turn divested it to Israel Chemicals Ltd in 2002.
Polysulphate is derived from a polyhalite seam that lies 150-170 m beneath the potash seam at Boulby Mine, England.

North York Moors

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Boulby Mine is a 200 ha site located just south-east of the village of Boulby, on the north-east coast of the North York Moors in Redcar and Cleveland, England.

Redcar and Cleveland

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Boulby Mine is a 200 ha site located just south-east of the village of Boulby, on the north-east coast of the North York Moors in Redcar and Cleveland, England.

Potash

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It originally produced half of the United Kingdom's output of potash, an agricultural fertiliser.

Sylvite

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The mined ore consists of 35–45% sylvite ("potash", specifically potassium chloride) and 45–55% halite (rock salt, or sodium chloride).

Gangue

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Other minerals are produced as waste (gangue) to the main effort, but may be sought after by mineral collectors, such as boracite, which occurs just above the beds of potash.

Boracite

Other minerals are produced as waste (gangue) to the main effort, but may be sought after by mineral collectors, such as boracite, which occurs just above the beds of potash.

Aislaby, Scarborough

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In 1939, potash was discovered in the area at Aislaby when prospectors were drilling to look for oil.

In situ leach

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Solution mining was considered from 1962, but not pursued.

Anglo American plc

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ICI formed Cleveland Potash Limited jointly with Anglo American, and later sold it to them, which in turn divested it to Israel Chemicals Ltd in 2002.

North Sea

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At 1400 m deep, it is the second deepest mine of any kind in Europe, and has a network of underground roads extending under the North Sea, totalling 1000 km in length.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

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Today the line is open from Saltburn to Boulby for goods traffic only.

Meter water equivalent

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Because of its depth, Boulby Mine is the site of the Boulby Underground Laboratory 1,100 m below the surface (2800 metre water equivalent).

Extremophile

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Work being carried out at the underground laboratory includes the UK Centre for Astrobiology study of extremophile organisms that can survive in a salt-rich environment.

Mars rover

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The site is also used for testing NASA Mars rovers.