Melman on Gold & Silver
June 2003 by Leonard MelmanWell, the Iraqi War is over, at least the active, battlefield portion of it. “All” that remains is to create a democratic nation in a region where political freedom is a virtually unknown concept. With the conflict over, many observers now eagerly await the post-war boom that has accompanied some previous major wars, particularly World War II.
Outside of Butte, Montana, going north on I90, you’ll pass through a landscape where the old Anaconda mining company processed thousands of tons of ore twenty years ago. We meant to fish in the vicinity of this historic mining district though we knew it is a Federally classified Superfund site for reclamation now.
My interest in gold mining began with a few friends who, knowing that I was a chemist by trade (never mind that I am a biochemist), interrogated me every day at the gringo coffee shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and the Nevada Commission on Tourism have agreed to seek an unspecified amount of marketing funds to boost tourism in the Ely, Nevada area in the wake of a mine closing.
The apparent high grade of the ore deposits and the quality of the diamonds seem to clearly indicate that a profitable mining venture could be established on the kimberlite sills...
The plea from State Police Chief Pete Kassetas follows what authorities believe is the latest death related to the effort to uncover Forrest Fenn’s treasure.
• Is there a single book that covers most aspects of mining and recovery?
The Bawl Mill • City Gives Blessing to Pogo Mine • Underground at Yankee Jim's • Dry Placers in Southern Baja • A Gold Detector Sitting in a Closet Only Finds Dust—More Detector Tips • Gold in Tennessee • Old Stock Certificates—Treasures or Trash? • Payette Forest Sides With Mining Company • Using Mineral Deposit Models • Miners Still Waiting for Bonding Recommendations from DOI • The Old Mine Dump • A Practical Approach to Dowsing • Feds Release Opinion on Planned Mine Under Montana Wilderness • The Lengendary Lost Gold of the Headless Valley • Looking Back • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices