Critical Minerals: Gold
August 2011 by Chris RalphA few quick calculations show that approximately 11 tons of gold are lost each year just in the manufacture of new cell phones.
Three homonyms come to mind when I think of gemstones, gold and vegetables: carrot, carat and karat. Let’s look at carrot first.
The country we were to visit was Burkina Faso, a small country about the same size of my home state of Nevada with about 10 times more people. The second day I was in Africa, we went out to the goldfields for the first time.
Common thought is the switchback slows the velocity of the rushing water and gold drops out from the cut bank to a fill gravel bar within or below the switchback. I am not going to disregard that model; however, I hope to improve upon it.
I regularly get inquiries along the line of: “Hey, I found this rock, and I think it might be gold ore. How can I tell?” Prospectors are always on the lookout for gold-bearing rocks that may be the source of any nearby placer gold.
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.
What many people don’t realize is that the Comstock Lode produced over 8,000,000 ounces of gold…
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