A Hairsbreadth from Death
October 1999 by Guest WriterFew countries in the world can claim as lengthy a mining legacy as the Cornish of southwest England. Cornwall, a county situated at the farthest tip of the country at the edge of the Atlantic ocean, has been mined for tin deposits since the Bronze Age, 2100-1500 BC.
One of the first minerals most prospectors learn to recognize is quartz, because, in the right circumstances, it can be an excellent indicator mineral for prospectors. Quartz is common, easy to identify, and is often associated with gold and other valuable metal deposits.
Even with the decades of mining and exploration, much of the Comstock is still underdeveloped and its potential not fully tapped.
Brian Barclay makes a 275-mile commute across Colorado every week to work near this dusty little town, drawn by a natural gas boom that has added trucks, cranes and hundreds of people to the rocky landscape.
As many long time readers know, one of my favorite sayings is the Asian expression, "May you live in interesting times." We sure do and if you didn't believe it before, just consider the latest word from the international markets.
A week later, a small team of us hit it again, and this time the gold really showed up.
With Congress showing little willingness to act, the Clinton administration is weighing whether to designate a dozen scenic and historic sites in the West as federal monuments to assure their protection.
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