Melman on Gold & Silver
April 2001 by Leonard MelmanVanishing with equal rapidity is any belief that this onrushing economic downturn is a minor speed bump on the road to financial utopia.
Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.
Strange, isn’t it, how our vocabulary has been expanding of late. Up until late 2001, the term “Twin Towers” meant either the combination of the Federal Budgetary Deficit and the National Debt or the two outstanding forwards of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Suddenly, the only relevant meaning was the two destroyed buildings in New York City. By mid-2002, most of us who hadn’t given Afghanistan a second thought became familiar with names of towns and regions in that country.
Plumas County has a rich heritage of gold mining, much of it from placer deposits that can still be searched and panned today. Being at the far northern end of California’s famed Mother Lode, it is quite often overlooked by those searching for gold today—really a well-kept secret after all of these years!
Last month we witnessed numerous news items that appear to confirm a new, and perhaps ominous, trend in America’s relationships with the rest of the world. We are referring to a visible increase in America’s vulnerability to foreign actions.
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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...
For just a few bucks admission you’re on your way. Shawn will give you a map of the 130-acre park, and you are free to explore on your own. There are just a few areas that are fenced-off for safety concerns, but most of it is wide open. It is a refreshing change to view a mining museum/park such as this.
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