Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part I
June 2004 by Chris RalphWhile most small-scale prospectors and miners focus their energies on placer deposits, most large mining companies put their efforts primarily into hard rock mining. Although many miners may see these as two separate worlds that can never meet, a better understanding of hard rock mining for small operators can be very helpful in many ways.
Hardy goldminers enjoyed creating nicknames for their cronies.
At the well-known Rio Tinto copper district, Huelva, in southwestern Spain, large quantities of copper were found beneath a gossan of hematite at an average depth of 100 feet. The deposits were first mined during Roman times.
The hard-learned lessons, humor, tragedies and issues of work in mining have long been the subject of poetry, stories, songs and visual art by mineworkers and their families.
• Don’t bet on it…
• Finders, Keepers…
• Bigger “phish” get caught too.
• So long, Seattle!
Time To Head To Quartzsite
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