September 1999 by Staff• Placer Dome
• Newmont Mining
• Homestake Mining Company
• Royal Gold Inc.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
Before I tell you what dredging backwards is, I’ll tell you why my team and I decided to give this very unconventional dredging method a try.
There is a major change coming in the economy of the world and now is the time for prospectors and miners to grab a ticket and get on board.
Q: ...Is there any way to process the ore without using mercury or cyanides...?
We spent more time that first day moving rocks than we did sending material over the sluices. Even so, our cleanup was quite respectable for having only moved down to a depth of a couple feet.
This past month was one that saw the emergence of a series of problems capable of inflicting true and serious damage to the world’s well being on a scale we have not witnessed since the late 1970s.
I had been looking forward to this trip since last year when the annual trip had rewarded me with a ¾-pennyweight nugget.
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