Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mining the Gold in Montana

Mining the Gold in Montana
A great overview of the mining site that Rob and Les just finished up.

The wash plant, originally built in 1938 and then completely overhauled in June worked flawlessly.

It's probably covered in snow right now.

~ Steu

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sluice box: an essential element of your gold recovery system

Sluice box: an essential element of your gold recovery system
Sluices have been the mainstay of most mining operations worldwide.
 

I strongly recommend using them wherever possible using P.E. Randy Clarkstons recommendations that he conducted in the Klondike placers in the late 1980's

While sophisticated systems can and do increase recovery rates on some projects you need to keep close track of diminishing returns on your project.


This is a photo of Les working on a sluice box order for one of our clients.

Sluice box: an element of your gold recovery system I have found that the down time, and maintenance  especially in primitive areas need to be addressed constantly or your overall recovery can be compromised.


My buddy Pete and I are building some 8 ft wide sluices for one of my projects a couple of years ago.  Panels like these are quick and economical to build.

We learned a whole new chapter in keeping a sluice box tuned during our mining sessions over this last summer here in Montana. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Treasure Hunting: Krishna River for Diamonds


Treasure Hunting: Krishna River for Diamonds
The Lost Treasure Hunters

Sam Speerstra - "Leader" - As the leader of the expedition, extreme prospector Speerstra has dedicated nearly his whole life to finding lost treasures and has spent the last 14 years searching for the lost diamond mines of Golconda. Speerstra believes this is the most important mission of his life.

Dave McCracken - "Underwater Miner" - McCracken, a former Navy Seal, is one of the best underwater miners around. Speersta has known McCracken for 30-some years and is convinced he could be the key to locating underwater diamonds that were never accessible before.

Rob Towner -- "Engineer/Mechanic" - Towner is a modern-day MacGyver who knows everything there is to know about mining machinery. He has worked in India before, so he knows the lay of the land and is no stranger to the challenges set before him.

Dr. Steve Newbery - "Geologist" - Newbery has an extraordinary grasp of geology and the latest technology that can help pinpoint the source of the diamonds.

Susanna Girolamo - "The Apprentice" - This is Girolamo's first major expedition with Speerstra, but her proficiency for languages, experience with third-world medical missions and her logistical skills serve her well as translator, medic and logistics coordinator.


Watch: http://www.cableready.net/6238/lost-treasure-hunters/

Monday, November 11, 2013

Three faces of mining diamonds

I am working through Rob's archive of photos this morning. After talking to him since his return from this last mining session, I have a hard time getting my mind around the guts and glory of the gold mining world. Here are three photos showing the different faces of mining, but t know there is many more faces than these .....

Rob doing some exploration on dredging.



Rob doing some exploration on dredging.











Rob meeting locals and making new friends.



Rob meeting locals and making new friends.










Rob getting down to crunching numbers and working our engineering plans


Rob getting down to crunching numbers and working our engineering plans.

He was not happy with Sam taking this photo.


~ Steu








Thursday, November 7, 2013

No language barriers here!!

No language barriers here!!
We were on the move from several sites on our sampling program in India a few years back. I would select a campsite and we would build a hut for our camp and equipment.

I would build a little model hut out of twigs for the boys to see what I wanted constructed. This was a quick and easy way to get  past any language barriers and always made it fun to watch them get it right the first time. They built the entire hut without disturbing our little model.
All these young men were eager hard workers. I was always poud of them!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A gold miner's best friends

Talked to Rob last night, he and Les are headed back to the mine to wrap up some loose ends over the weekend.


Rob got Jackson from one of the ranchers he met during his mining this summer.




A gold miner's best friends

Kristi is in a show this weekend with her work ... what a great photo of the best friends a gold miner can enjoy!!!


~ Steu