Mining Industry Enthusiastic About Prospects
March 2004 by Leonard MelmanVancouver, British Columbia, became the focus of the international mining community for five exciting days in late January as two conventions catering to the precious metals mining community were held just blocks apart from each other. And, while they both had differing emphases, each convention attracted unprecedented numbers of participants.
Representatives from Washington State’s independent, small-scale gold mining community recently accepted an award and a message of gratitude from the leader of the State’s Department of Ecology.
Our group of six met in Foresthill, California, in mid-November. The weather was crisp, but not too cold. We had planned this trip on short notice and were all eager for the adventure ahead.
Market for scheelite concentrates?
Any illusions that the world had become a safer place were certainly put into serious doubt by events over the past few weeks. During that time we have seen a major Israeli incursion into Gaza in retaliation for Hamas attacks on Israel, huge public demonstrations and accusations of fraud regarding the recent election in Mexico and, most recently, terrorist bombings in Mumbai (Bombay), India, which killed about two hundred people and seriously disrupted India’s financial center.
Alluvial fans are essentially dry land “deltas” which can be found in all climates. However, they are best developed in arid and semi-arid regions, where they may be many square miles in area. They are built up by outpourings of silt, sand, and gravel caused by seasonal run-off, as well as by boulders and cobbles carried by flash floods.
We have heard much “tough talk” through the years regarding reining in the regulatory excesses of government agencies in the past, but little action has followed those words. Perhaps we will finally see a genuine move away from excessive regulation.
Before it was over, 200 buckets of gravel and gold were swished and swirled in competition to determine who was the best gold panner in the County.
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