Prospector's Guide to Rock Breaking and Blasting
December 2016 by Chris RalphThe holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.
Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
I am learning more about gold deposition in this area than I knew previously. I am passing this information on with the hope that many of you will be able to locate patches and lines a little easier in the future because of this article.
Rocks and minerals associated with clay seam gold deposits in southern Oregon are often in sedimentary rock units at least partially metamorphosed into argillite. They are also associated with mafic volcanic rocks, basalts and gabbro that...
They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
People always ask me what is so important about locating contact zones. The answer to that: Gold.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
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