Mining Boom May Be In Store For Upper Michigan
February 2009 by John FlesherCompanies are exploring at least 14 areas in Michigan’s vast Upper Peninsula for possible mine development. The activity suggests the potential revival of an industry that defined the region’s economy and culture for more than a century—beginning in the mid-1800s—before gradually fading because of higher operating costs and competition.
In these types of cases I tend to listen to what my metal detector is telling me. The machine was very quiet, suggesting my initial impressions were right about the ground make up.
This year’s rally worked extremely well with over twenty exhibitors and four seminars on various aspects of mining running throughout, as well as active river demonstrations of equipment. The hands-on approach, allowing people to try the suction dredges and power sluices, recovered well-distributed fine gold.
Over 135 million ounces of gold were produced in Nevada between 1858 and 2001, 107 million of that total being since 1965. Now, the so-called “Silver State” is the leading gold producer in the nation.
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Since 1906, when the McLeod brothers’ skeletal remains were first found tied to trees with missing heads, prospectors have been going into the Nahanni in search of elusive gold. A lot of those who lust for Nahanni gold have never been heard of or seen again.
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