Sixteen to One Gold Mine: Unique Challenges and Potential Rewards - Pt I
January 2020 by David Hughes
Many of the Sixteen to One’s challenges arise from its unusual geology and the pocket characteristics of the ore deposits.
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
Now it was time for the nerve-wracking part of the job: actually removing anything from the hanging wall we deemed to be in need of removal because it was either loose, could be loose, looked loose, or we felt it was just downright dangerous
The Alaska state government has been trying to keep up with and maybe even stay on top of the situation by studying the problems associated with rapid growth and how to solve them.
Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
The whole purpose of sampling mineralized ground is to measure the values in a small volume of material that would be representative of a much larger volume of similar material. The key word is representative. Chemical and fire assaying will not accurately represent placer deposits by themselves.
If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
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