8.30pm, RTÉ One – Monday 25th November
They’re in everything from your phone to your shower, and from your toothpaste to cream to soothe your baby’s bum! Metals that are extracted from the ground underpin every aspect of lives and Ireland is internationally renowned as a resource of metals and minerals. In Episode Three, we dig into the geology of what’s here and why, and find out about the technology and techniques used to locate and safely extract them from the ground.
Kathriona meets Geological Survey Ireland’s Siobhán Power at a former lead-zinc mine in County Sligo, GSI’s Eoin McGrath shows Aoibhinn how researchers are collecting drill core samples of rocks from all over the country to produce a fascinating geological record of Ireland’s underworld, and Jonathan visits Tara mine, home to the largest zinc mine in Europe!
Meanwhile in Weird Science, Fergus McAuliffe investigates an intriguing story about lithium and the Valley of the Mad…