Gold in Alabama
May 2003 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDAlabama, 52,423 square miles in area, lies at the southwestern end of the Appalachian Mountains. The highest point in the state is only 2,407 feet above sea level. Summers are long and humid, whereas winters are mild.
Sometimes it takes a hard head to go beneath a hardhat. Digging for gold isn’t the easiest way to make a living, yet it’s an honorable profession, dealing a lot with nature.
Platinum is only one of a group of related metals that are referred to as platinum group metals (PGMs), because platinum in its native state usually contains all six metals of the group along with some iron.
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Tabling and jigging are two relatively inexpensive methods of recovering the “free particle values” from the noble metal ores. However, not all ores contain their values as free particles. In fact, many gold ores contain appreciable amounts of “metallic gold salts,” some of which readily dissolve in the system water and continue to migrate right along with it.
What many people don’t realize is that the Comstock Lode produced over 8,000,000 ounces of gold…
Boy, do we ever live interesting times! What other conclusion can we come to when the only real excitement on the whole scene is a kids' book and a TV series about a bunch of people acting in a manner to make the word "weird" seem respectable!
In 1997, I had been working a hard rock claim in Lone Valley, Nevada with two partners. It was a small seam about one to two inches wide that had free gold up to 9 ounces per ton.
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