Melman on Gold & Silver
February 2000 by Leonard MelmanAfter weeks, months, even years of eager anticipation, the New Millennium has dawned!
Three homonyms come to mind when I think of gemstones, gold and vegetables: carrot, carat and karat. Let’s look at carrot first.
The concentrate is just the heaviest of the heavy minerals but some sulfides are sneaking in there also with the gold...
Wyoming received the largest amount of revenues associated with mineral leases on federal lands within its borders last year.
The Colorado Mining Association is asking the US Supreme Court to review a 2001 rule that largely barred new roads on 58 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.
Metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist are known for their pocket gold deposits. Such pockets may not be large enough for major mining operations, but may be very rewarding for individuals or small companies. Gold-bearing quartz veins may cut gneiss or schist, but often the veins parallel the bedding, or foliation. The origin of mineralized veins, which parallel the foliation, has been kicked around for years.
Only the so-called “precious gems” will be considered in this article. They are diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald. A “gem” must be rare, hard, and durable, and possess a unique color or quality in order to be classified as a gem.
While gold nugget detecting with a pulse induction machine, most people will be swinging a mono search coil and will have their machine set in all-metal mode. However, the newer pulse induction machines can and will discriminate iron very effectively...
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