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PDAC 2009 Convention Highlights

...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...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Senate moves on ESA reform
• Suit challenges patenting
• Canyon takes its case to the Supreme Court

Why Did This Silver Mine Close?


Bad management, cave-ins, the lack of adequate capitalization, bad winters—the list of possible scenarios that might have closed a mine is a long one.

The Bingham Canyon Copper Mine


While the current mine plans forecast an end of mining in about 2019, Bingham Canyons’ future remains bright. Company officials are looking at an expansion that, if approved, will extend the mine life until about 2036.

Underground in the Original 16-1 Mine


These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.

Gold in Arizona


We began investigating mining districts in Arizona and nearby states within the Basin and Range province. Just like I anticipated, there are many overlooked gold and copper deposits and anomalies.

Randsburg—Still Going Strong


Soon after the rich gold discoveries at Ballarat, near Death Valley, prospectors fanned out all over Southern California's Mohave Desert. Minor discoveries were made in many dry washes, gullies, and desolate areas, but no discovery has had the impact of the one that Frederick Mooers, John Singleton, and Charles Burcham, made in 1895.

Company Notes


• Inco, Ltd.
• Falconbridge, Ltd.
• Pathfinder Resources, Ltd.
• Diamonds North Resources, Ltd.
• Newmont Mining
• Couer Alaska

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