PDAC 2009 Convention Highlights
April 2009 by Leonard Melman...it was impossible not to notice the absence of many junior mining companies that were present last year. Due to the dual circumstances of the world’s credit problems along with the steep declines in base metals prices, many of them, unfortunately, have simply gone broke and closed their doors. Others are so strapped for cash...
...a large number of these aspiring miners developing their operations seemed to have missed "Placer Mining 101" somewhere along the way.
Drill holes in a mineralized vein often penetrate hidden layers of poor ore which, after blasting, end up diluting the production quality. Disseminated gold ores carrying two ounces per ton may be identical in appearance to adjacent vein material...
• Bill introduced to repeal RAT
• Rock Creek — Alaska
• Rock Creek — Montana
• ESA reform, finally
• BLM finalizes another fee hike
The diverse minerals, salts, and moisture, plus any halo effect, and old-timer trash, especially decomposing iron artifacts, are often found in any dry placer gold field and can really mask the “penetration powers” of a detector.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
While researching this latest citation I was referred to Public Lands for the People (PLP) in California...
The Bawl Mill • From The Editor • Detecting Invisible Gold • Finding Diamond Deposits With Your PC—Part I • Has Senator Harry Reid Worn Out His Welcome? • The Most Obvious Place • The Gold of Yuba County • Stimulus Package Provides Potential Tax Savings For Miners • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes, Mineral & Metal Prices