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If you are a gold-bug or if you simply delight in stories about the sidelines of gold, then you must go and read an article in the New Yorker of October 10, 2011.  Here is a sample of the story: (more…)

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One of the privileges of being Canadian and American is that we can ask the question: What is ethical mining?  Forget those trite old questions about sustainable mining and responsible mining!  One of the privileges of being South African and a blogger is that we can answer the question: What is ethical mining? (more…)

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We all like to celebrate the value of mining.  We all like to praise the benefits of mining and enjoy the good life it brings.  I remind myself of the pleasure of the beauty of diamonds as I walk the halls of a northern diamond mine.  I remind myself of the warm feeling of possession as I struggle the issue of the stability of a tailings impoundment at a new silver mine.  Yet sometimes, I pause and wonder if mining is truly a source of the good life, or merely another in a string of human activities aimed at bragging and getting and exercising power.  Maybe we do need mined products to buy the insurance of a good life after death by donating to the church or temple.  (more…)

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Is it possible to loose money mining gold?  Nobody wants to loose money mining gold.  In the sphere of lose journalism, it is possible to loose money mining gold.  Here is a part of one report on a company that “lost” money mining gold. (more…)

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On a joyous Sunday we would pile into the 1949 Mercury and head for the mine sand dumps. In the boot (trunk) of the car, we had stowed corrugated cardboard cut from old boxes. These precious pieces of cardboard we shaped, as best we understood, like sledges. My father regularly drove us out to those piles of golden sand, so soft and warm in the summer sun. And here we would spend happy hours climbing up the sand and sliding down, and climbing up and sliding down, until we were exhausted and covered in the golden sand. (more…)

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Good blogs about mining are rare.  Along Fools Gold Road is a blog about mining that I have just come across.  Here is an extract from one of the postings that helps us understand and appreciate the fascination we all have for gold: (more…)

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Being Friday, it seems a good time to indulge in the lighter, more speculative part of mining: namely gold, its extraction, and its price. 

Here from my e-mail in-box is a report on a new way to extract gold–no promises from me that it works.  (more…)

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