Understanding Coloured Gemstones - Mineralogy of Ruby and Sapphire

by Dr. Aaron Palke


Understanding Coloured Gemstones - Sapphire and Ruby Geology

by Dr. Aaron Palke


Armenia's Natural Resources: Mining and Conflict by Saleem Ali

A slide montage film with photos by Saleem H. Ali of the University of Queensland, Australia and Sara Anjargolian. Autumn 2012


Frankincense and Sustainable Livelihoods in Somaliland / Somalia by Saleem Ali

A video with rare footage of the frankincense growing region of the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland / Somalia and exploring ways by which this important crop can be used for sustainable livelihoods in the region


Illusions in Stone directed by Dr. Brian Brazeal at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology at CSU, Chico.

Illusions in Stone tells the global story of the emerald trade. It is a story of hope and faith. Of danger and desire. You will meet righteous thieves, reckless illegal miners, and religious scholars in an underground business. They are all united by their fascination with the green stones.


Introduction to the UQ Rare Earth Minerals Symposium by Saleem Ali

Professor Saleem Ali, Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland, introduces the UQ Rare Earth Consortium, and the work of the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Professor Alan Lawson is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) at the University of Queensland. Prof. Lawson welcomed symposium participants to the event.


Pearl farming in Japan -- Mikimoto and Beyond by Saleem Ali

A field visit to the main pearl farming region in Central Honshu Japan (Pacific Coast).


The Emerald City - Mines, Marketing, and the Environment in Brazil by Saleem Ali

Focusing on the mining town of Campos Verde, Brazil, this short film highlights the costs and benefits of emerald mining and marketing. While there are negative environmental impacts from the mines, modernization and research have revealed positive practices and a cascade of sustainable development effects from the emerald business in Campos Verde and other market towns.


Reko Diq Copper Gold Mine Area Balochistan Pakistan by Saleem Ali

Photo montage of this remote region of Pakistan where a gold/copper mine development has led to resource nationalism and political impasse.


Sustainable Pearl Farming

Sustainable Pearl Farming PRESENTER: Saleem Ali, Gund Fellow | Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security | Professor of Environmental Studies| 2/10/2012 Pearl farming has the potential to offer unique opportunities in terms of livelihoods and marine conservation in the Pacific region.