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How to Approach Thin Veins & Cost


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 By David I

02/09/2018  2:45PM

You might get in contact with of Elon Musk. He has an underground boring machine development company and your mine would be a perfect opportunity to work with this development. Also your mine is warehouse space for low temperature storage. especially for wine, or other long term low temperature storage to develop the aging process.
 By Michael Miller

02/07/2018  9:40AM

Few gold producers exist among the small vein deposits throughout the world. As a result modern equipment and innovative technology is centered on the monster volume operations. Unlike Sixteen to One, the industry became the playground for men-of-monster money or the ability to attract substantial startup capital.
Today, Mining Magazine set me an interesting article. I copied the first paragraph for you. Some of the mega mining operators continue to face mega economic obstacles. What will this mean for the small vein deposits?

“Sometimes a turning point can only be seen clearly in hindsight. Such is the case for the mine of the future as we begin 2018, coming out of a 2017 where major mining companies continued to demonstrate capital spending austerity and focus on debt reduction. All the while, there were growing signals that digitization, electrification and automation were all gaining momentum, even though actual examples of mine site implementations could as of yet, still be counted on one hand.”

Stay tuned. Here is a clue: look forward to fully electrify the fleet of ground support, ore flow/secondary reduction, and utility vehicles, keenly aware that electrification is but one step in the ongoing mechanization of underground mining.
 By fredmcain

07/11/2017  10:09AM



Although I still haven't quite made it to California, we were in Colorado last week for a tour of the Mollie Kathleen Mine. It was beyond awesome. I had my first "cage ride". Over 1,000 feet down AND an underground train ride!

Our tour guide demonstrated a lot of mining techniques and how they work. In the beginning they mined with candles. Our guide turned out the lights and showed us how that worked. Pretty dim! It's a wonder that not more people got hurt than did.

He also showed us how they set charges and removed the muck. It was hard for me to believe that they could actually get a mucker in the cage so I asked him if there wasn't an adit portal somewhere. NOPE! Only one way outta there and everything we saw down there came down that way!

I saw a lot of abandoned rails lying in adjoining drifts. I wish I'd thought to ask if they might be for sale.

Another observation was that there was no water and no pumps even at that depth. Remember, the elevation here at the surface is nearly 9,000 feet. You have to watch not to move around too quickly at that altitude or you will get light-headed to say the least.

I recommend this tour. The Original 16 to One is still at the top of my list, though. Too bad it's so far from Indiana! :(

Fred M. Cain



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