Melman on Gold & Silver
November 2001 by Leonard MelmanExactly one month ago—to the day—I was watching in stunned silence, along with billions of others around the world, as the immense tragedy of September 11 played itself out. Since that time, the President has issued a virtual declaration of war; actual attacks against the Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan have begun and the “other side” has threatened an escalation of terror.
While we have spent the past few years trying to adjust to wave after wave of new industries, new language and new influences in our lives, this past month the world's attention has once again returned to the cradle of civilization, the Middle East.
Bulgaria has followed the recent moves of Mongolia and Venezuela, demanding renegotiation of existing agreements and more concessions from mining companies.
Mother lodes and placers get found, finds become prospector’s stories, stories become legends, legends become myths, and myths become the fodder for armchair prospectors and daydreams. Over the decades, the Canadian province of British Columbia has had more than its share of legends and myths ascribed to it.
Finding a new spot that is rich in gold, but has not already been exploited by other metal detector operators, is a goal of many prospectors. Sometimes it takes a lot of looking and research to find such a place because a lot of prospectors are out there...
Attractive geology does not guarantee mining investment if a region’s policies are bad, say mining executives surveyed in the seventh Annual Survey of Mining Companies released by The Fraser Institute.
Somehow the Bureau of Land Management seems to have forgotten that they work for the people.
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