The Rocks That Burn: Is Oil Shale the Answer?—Part I
February 2006 by Bill RichThe day is old in the Rangely Oil Field in northwestern Colorado. I’ve paused in my southbound trip to take a gander at this historic field, one of the largest in the state. Intricate pipelines funnel water and carbon dioxide to the source rock far below.
Gold, on the other hand, is super rare, and is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It averages only 0.000004 percent of the earth’s surface. That is four parts in a billion.
Vancouver, British Columbia, became the focus of the international mining community for five exciting days in late January as two conventions catering to the precious metals mining community were held just blocks apart from each other. And, while they both had differing emphases, each convention attracted unprecedented numbers of participants.
When I read about these new discoveries, I often wonder how the original operators ignored all the additional ore. Yet this has happened again and again in Nevada and many other places.
I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the basics of this important mineral separation technique and how a miner can use it to recover the values out of an ore.
On Saturday, January 27, 2007, six of us began a trip to Pickering Bar on the North Fork of the American River. It was 7:30 am and we had our engines running to begin the first leg of our two and a half hour trip to get there.
Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts
The Alaska Miners Association recently released a report on the Economic Impact of Mining on Alaska. The numbers are impressive:
The Bawl Mill • January Issues Delayed For Weeks As USPS Searches Their Facility • Feds Move Oil Shale to Front Burner • Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part II Recognizing and Understanding Rock Formations (Petrology) • The Circle Goldfields • New Montana Board Moves to Halt Mining • Newmont Looks to Ghana • PLP President Intervenes on Behalf of Dredgers • Samuel Franklin Hunt Nevada’s “Rio Tinto” • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices