Dangers of Mine Tailings Dam Failure

What is mudflow?

Mudflow is the flow of water that contains large amounts of suspended particles and silt… They may rush down a mountainside at speeds as great as 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and can cause great damage to life and property.”

Mudflows are caused by earthquakes, heavy rains, explosions, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Mudflows also happen when mine tailings or mine dumps give way due to heavy rains as its pipes and walls fail to contain its toxic contents.

Mudflow from mine tailings dam failures do not only happen to big mining companies, this catastrophe also happens to small-scale mining businesses that have no proper environmental compliance certificates and government-issued permits. Negligence and cost-cutting practices are among the main reasons that cause these man-made disasters.

Heavy rains and mine tailings dams

Heavy rains pose danger to mine tailings dams. Dave Chambers, an engineer and geophysicist at the Center for Science in Public Participation told Frontline that “the most common failure mechanism of mine tailings dams is related to hydrologic events — that is large storms that basically overwhelm the storm retaining capacities that the dam was designed for.”

Impact on the environment

The massive environmental impact of mine tailings are widely documented — red, yellow, orange colored waterways, mountains with big gaping holes, and lands flattened by mudflows.

These damages to the environment are irreversible: erosion, formation of sinkholes, contamination of the soil and water and loss of biodiversity.

More about Dangers of Mine Tailings Dam Failure in this article

Baking with Maya Mixes

If you find it a bit difficult to find time to measure ingredients for baked goodies, fret not, you can use Maya Mixes like Banana Cake Mix and Whole Wheat Pancake Mix. 

You will usually just need an egg, half a cup of water and a few tablespoons of cooking oil.

Here is a Banana Cake:

Photo posted in an article in my food blog.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Photo posted in an article about Whole Wheat Pancakes in my food blog.

No copyright infringement done because photos are mine. Both photos posted in my food blog, Tummy Fillers, Plateful of Fun.

Soft Tacos

We love to have uncommon food sometimes, not just rice + viand, a Filipino staple during meals.

Soft tacos or Tortilla Wraps is just about right for this family with three children who are also open to have a variety of food served:

Head over to my food blog to see how these Soft Tacos or Tortilla Wraps are prepared.

Marunong Ka Bang Lumangoy?

Importante nga ba ang marunong lumangoy?

Ang sagot ay oo, importante ang marunong lumangoy.

Isa sa paboritong gawin nating mga Pinoy kapag summer vacation o kapag may long weekend ay ang mag-swimming. Ang karaniwang destinasyon ay sa pool o sa dagat. Masayang lumangoy, sa mainit na tubig katulad ng sa “hot springs,” sa maalon katulad ng sa dagat o kaya naman sa mabatong ilog. Hindi naman masasabing nakapag-swimming talaga kapag palakad-lakad lang ang gagawin sa gilid ng pool o kung saan humahampas ang alon di ba?

Ikaw na hindi marunong lumangoy ay maaaring magkaroon ng pakiramdam of being left-out kapag ang mga kasama ay masayang naglalaro sa tubig samantalang ikaw ay nasa tabi lang dahil hindi ka marunong lumangoy.

Ikaw na hindi marunong lumangoy, sasama ka ba kung napagdesisyunan ng mga kasama na mag-snorkelling? O kaya sasakay ka ba sa bangka papunta sa iba pang isla? Sasama ka ba kung magkayayaan na maglaro ng water sports? Paano mo mai-enjoy ang surfing, kayaking, canoeing, at whale-watching kung may takot at pangamba na maaaring malunod dahil sa kawalan ng abilidad sa paglangoy at ito ay isang dahilan upang hindi mai-enjoy ang bakasyong katulad nito.


Win an Electrolux Washing Machine with Delightful-E Simple to Save

Electrolux will launch Delightful-E Simple to Save contest that will run from August 11 – September 15, 2014

For every money and time well-spent and save, we feel good, right? Imagine how, with the chores we (love or dread to) do, we are able to save BOTH money and time, wouldn’t you just say “It is indeed Delightful-E Simple to Save“.

With this in mind, Electrolux Philippines Facebook Page has created a Savings Calculator app where you get help in adding up your savings. It also enables you to keep track of your laundry expenses and savings at the same time.

What more, this Savings Calculator is very easy to use. It can help you track down your weekly laundry expenses based on a few things: number of family members, average weekly load and how you wash your clothes.

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS: Electrolux is giving away not just one but 4, yes FOUR!! washing machines to four very lucky people.

Here are the four easy steps on how you could be one of those four winners