Melman on Gold & Silver
August 2009 by Leonard Melman...a substantial number of news headlines reflected the growing realization that much of the “green shoots” optimism of the past few months was premature.
Maybe we could find a few pieces of ore from that tunnel? It was worth a try. The old timers didn’t have that stamp mill for looks, so we set off to get some samples.
In 1967, a local resident showed me a pouch of small gold nuggets and flakes. Several years later I asked the same person where that gold was found. He responded, “From the streambed below the old stamp mill at Apex.”
• California Dept. of Fish & Game Stops Issuing Special Dredge Permits
• Clinton Advisor Defends Roadless Plan Process
• Forest Service to Seek Wilderness Status for Much of Chugach
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
The island of Cuba, 720 miles in length, lies 95 miles south of Key West, Florida, and 180 miles south of Miami. The island separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. Most of the island consists of rolling country under 500 feet in elevation, but there are a few small mountain ranges.
The past month was a good one for for George W. Bush. First, he was officially inaugurated for his second term in office and made a well-received speech advocating the American position on world peace. Then Iraq held an election that was extraordinarily successful in comparison to the woeful predictions that had been made.
The country we were to visit was Burkina Faso, a small country about the same size of my home state of Nevada with about 10 times more people. The second day I was in Africa, we went out to the goldfields for the first time.
The Bawl Mill • Legislative and Regulatory Update • Finding Gold With Copper and Turquoise • GM to Cancel Mining Contracts • California Suction Dredging Update • Newmont Fined for Fatality • The Memorial Day Nugget • East Coast Prospecting Challenges • Saving Money on Mining Gadgets • BLM Increases Location & Maintenance Fees • Rio Tinto: Allegations Without Foundation • National Mining Hall of Fame to Induct Five • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices