Melman on Gold & Silver
January 2000 by Leonard MelmanWell, this is it, the dawning of the new Millennium. By the time you receive this issue, we will be on the threshold of a new year, decade, century and thousand years. The last people to enjoy such a time were those who lived in the year 999—but there was a staggering difference. At that time...
Ore dressing is of prime importance to the operator of a small hardrock gold mine. No, Virginia, ore dressing has nothing to do with dressing in the latest spring dresses, or the stuff that gets forced into the turkey on Thanksgiving. It refers to the method of processing ore to extract the valuable minerals contained in the rock—in the case of this series of articles, gold and silver.
Since the cycle of water flow is dominated by excessive and sudden “gulley washers” after downpours typical of desert country, there is a tendency to spread gold values out in the alluvial fans and not have placer gold concentrations more typical of big river deposits.
At the peak of construction later this year, the mine will generate more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state with annual wages totaling more than $200 million...
One hundred and seven years ago the world’s first electric-powered bucket line dredge started to work in Montana. This summer, Montana likely saw its first solar-powered Denver Gold Saver put to work.
What about all that noise coming from the ground? What is a prospector supposed to do about that?
Man has always wondered how the Earth was created, and how oceans, mountains, and other features were formed. However, until the last 200 years, most phenomena were explained by means of legends, superstitions, or religion. It is still that way in many parts of the world.
The Bawl Mill • Over the Divide • Our Readers Say • Letter from the Editor to our Readers and Advertisers • Administration Considers Bypassing Congress • First Woman to Draw Mining Pension • Small Mine Selective Blasting • Mohave Mountain Placers, Arizona • High Court to Reconsider Wilderness Water Rights • Sixteen to One Takes on MSHA • Picks & Pans: Gold Mining on Joie Osgood Ranch • Gold • Company Notes • Millie's Tailings • Placer PGMs in Alaska • Mogollon—New Mexico's Remote Gold Camp • ICMJ 9th Annual Photo Contest Results • The Other Minerals of Mt. Diablo • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back