Melman on Gold & Silver
October 2002 by Leonard MelmanThe world remains a fascinating place to watch, for it seems that just when some of the most serious problems appear to be on their way to resolution, a whole new collection crops up. We appear to have been in just that type of environment this past month.
Back when I was in college, when I first started classes, the demand for new engineers was so strong that every graduate had multiple job offers without even trying.
I am an electrical contractor and a Board Member of Public Lands for the People (PLP). I have clients, a husband and wife, who own private property in the Los Padres National Forest. There are two ways to access their property. Both are pilots and able to fly in via small plane or helicopter, which for me was an exciting perk of working at this property.
Those who declared that our world would be forever changed after the events of September 11 certainly appear to have been right. Not only is the evening news filled with the events of the anti-terrorist war, but even our vocabulary has changed—along with our geographic knowledge. People who did not know Afghanistan from East Timor—and who could have cared less—can now recite at will facts about Kabul, Islamabad, Jalalabad and Uzbekistan.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Three homonyms come to mind when I think of gemstones, gold and vegetables: carrot, carat and karat. Let’s look at carrot first.
Drill holes in a mineralized vein often penetrate hidden layers of poor ore which, after blasting, end up diluting the production quality. Disseminated gold ores carrying two ounces per ton may be identical in appearance to adjacent vein material...
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