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Limestone: A Crucial and Versatile Industrial Mineral Commodity
(8/7/2015 4:28:42 PM)

"Limestone" means any rock formed mostly of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), but to geologists, limestone is only one of several types of "carbonate rocks." These rocks are composed of more than 50% carbonate minerals, generally the minerals calcite (pure CaCO3) or dolomite (calcium-magnesium carbonate, CaMg[CO3]2) or both.

Get ready to relive the 2008 crisis: Albert Edwards
(8/4/2015 5:50:22 PM)

Central banks in the Western world have set the scene for an "even bigger version" of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, Societe Generale's bearish strategist Albert Edwards has claimed. In a research note on Thursday, Edwards said that China's intervention to stabilize its volatile stock market was part of a larger global story, in which "rock bottom" interest rates and large fiscal deficits in the western world were pushing the global economy towards a fall.

Oil Prices: What’s Behind the Drop? Simple Economics
(8/4/2015 5:46:07 PM)

The oil industry, with its history of booms and busts, is in a new downturn. Earnings are down for companies that have made record profits in recent years, forcing them to decommission rigs and sharply cut investments in exploration and production. More than 100,000 oil workers have lost their jobs, and manufacturing of drilling and production equipment has fallen sharply.