All the Gold Ever Mined...
February 2012 by Chuck LassiterIf you have been prospecting for any length of time, then you have probably heard something like, “All the gold ever mined would equal a cube 60 feet on each side.”
…if you are game for digging in and learning more about the intricate details of how gold deposits form, then let’s jump right in.
Only the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.
We import nearly all of our REEs from China, so it’s critical that we find and continue to develop domestic resources of these elements.
There are a number of Tertiary river channels in the area, most of which trend south-southwest. They tend to be steep, narrow, and rich with coarse gold.
In 1967, a local resident showed me a pouch of small gold nuggets and flakes. Several years later I asked the same person where that gold was found. He responded, “From the streambed below the old stamp mill at Apex.”
After your excitement peaks when you first receive the high gold assay from the vein you just exposed, you ponder how you will extract and sell your gold. You will need to develop a flow sheet for your process to optimize your recovery and minimize your costs and permit requirements.
The historical AJ mine, located east of Juneau, Alaska, was considered the largest gold mine in the state at one time. Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold there in 1880, and it has been more recently known as a tourist destination.
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