A Warning About Mercury
February 2009 by Bill McCuskeyOne of my best friends ended up in the hospital with acute mercury poisoning after firing some gold amalgam outside. He knew better, but was trying to impress a relative from the East Coast.
Shallow water crevicing or sniping can produce gold if you’re persistent, a hard worker and lucky. It’s nice to have a snorkel, wet suit and goggles. The best practice for success, in my humble opinion, has always been to determine the best gold location and then figure out how to capture it.
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
Not long after this, I was camped out with the geologist beside the Similkameen River where he showed me the evidence that an ancient channel existed on our claim.
Celebrating California's Golden Sesquicentennial & A Century of Mining
• Changes to influential House committees
• Supreme Court may review ESA
• Suit filed to block Kensington
• Exploration incentive proposed in Wyoming
• Montana bill LC1058
The State of California is seeking dismissal of the federal lawsuit filed by Public Lands for the People (PLP) on grounds that they are immune from such lawsuits under the 11th Amendment to the US Constitution. However, there is plenty of prior case precedence suggesting that state officials and agencies are open to such lawsuits when they assume responsibility for regulatory authority from the federal government.
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