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very bright meteor leaving a trail in the sky that can remain visible for several minutes; often a distinct sound, perhaps caused by very low frequency radio waves, is associated with it.
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(boh -lÿd) A brilliant meteor that appears to explode, i.e. a detonating fireball. The brighter ones are caused by ablating meteorites that subsequently fall to Earth. About 5000 bolides occur in the Earth's atmosphere each year.



a bright meteor with pronounced angular dimensions. The most brilliant bolides may be visible even in daylight; at night, the mantle and the tail are visible. Bolides leave a trail of ionizing gases and dust. The flight of a bolide may be accompanied by acoustic phenomena and sometimes terminates in the fall of a meteorite.


A brilliant meteor, especially one which explodes; a detonating fireball meteor.
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Boliden operates in the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metal recycling.
Boliden will evaluate a range of refinancing options for this bank facility.
Regarding the Kevitsa acquisition, Boliden President and CEO Lennart Evrell said, "This is an attractive opportunity to acquire a high-quality mine with an excellent operational and geographical fit with Boliden.
Supporting Boliden is perfectly aligned with Tietos strategic targets and our focus on Nordic Metal and Mining companies.
Boliden specialises in exploration, mining, smelting and metals recycling, focusing on zinc and copper.
Boliden has a total of approximately 4,800 employees and an annual turnover of approximately SEK 40 billion.
On 10 March 2016, Boliden had signed an agreement with First Quantum to buy the Kevitsa nickel- and copper mine in northern Finland.
Boliden is a metals company whose core competence is within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metals recycling.
Boliden Kokkola has production capacity of 315,000 mt/y of zinc in zinc metal and alloys.
After a successful period in the early 1980s it was looking to expand its business and Boliden, as a Swedish-based mining company, fitted the bill.
The mineral resources in the Boliden Area and Garpenberg have showed stable development and increased dramatically at Aitik, albeit with low grades.
Currently, Boliden Harjavalta operates two acid plants which produce sulphuric acid and liquid sulphur dioxide from smelter off-gases formed in the copper and nickel smelting processes.