Silver Hill, North Carolina
November 2000 by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.To the writer's knowledge, this was the first discovery of silver and lead in North Carolina and perhaps one of the first official discoveries of silver east of the Mississippi River.
During the past decade, gold prices have been on a serious roller coaster ride. This year, the ride has taken a turn for the worse—straight down hill. Members of the precious metals mining industry have been hanging on as tight as they can.
• Cell phone tax is un-appealing
• Awkwardly dressed
• Would Mother approve?
Since 1986, I have spent the summer months camped out on a river, looking for gold. The summer of 2000 was no exception.
After a host of companies spent 20 years prospecting, a mining firm is ready to make a play on the $2 billion lode of gold sitting in Eastern Oregon.
As usual, the decision process was extremely difficult, but we managed to pick our 10 winners.
by Ronald F. Balazik
Excerpted from USGS Mineral Industry Survey's 1998 Annual Review
Bribery allegations against four Rio Tinto employees detained in China are “wholly without foundation,” the mining company said, as Australia continued to press Beijing for details of a case that is straining ties between the two nations.
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