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  • Grains Of Gold With The Box
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    Mining Techniques The way to discover large amounts of gold, was to have the perfect mining technique. One of the earliest techniques was panning and cradling. This method consisted of a pick, a shovel and a washing dish and people either worked by themselves, or in a small group. First of all, panning was a simple method but required a lot of skill. It worked by loading sediment onto the washing device which had a sieve (strain), and moving the pan to and fro until the heavier gold was separate...
  • Speeches On Strikes Against The Gold Mines
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    "Gold mining union plans one-day Free State strike " An article dated March 17, 2000 NUM, or South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers, is organizing a one-day strike at Free State gold mines. They are protesting the poverty and job losses from the mines. NUM is the country's biggest mining union with 50,000 members, and on March 22 the strike would affect five gold companies; Anglo Gold Ltd., Gold Fields Ltd., Harmony Gold Co., Avg old and African Rainbow Minerals. NUM spokesman Ikaneng Mat ...
  • Industrial And Medical Lasers Use Gold
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    History and Uses: An attractive and highly valued metal, gold has been known for at least 5500 years. Gold is sometimes found free in nature but it is usually found in conjunction with silver, quartz (SiO 2), calcite (CaCO 3), lead, tellurium, zinc or copper. There is roughly 1 milligram of gold dissolved in every ton of seawater, although extracting it currently costs more than the gold is worth. It has been estimated that all of the gold that has currently been refined could be placed in a cub...
  • Town Of Placerville
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    Approximately forty-five miles east of Sacramento, California, is the friendly town of Placerville, which marks a major "Gold Rush" historical landmark in the United States. In the early days of this small gold mining boom town, Placerville was known as "Hangtown". If you come into town, you will see the sign of Placerville, and underneath it you will see its nickname reading, "Old Hangtown". Nooses can be seen all over town, on police cars, on historical landmark signs - even at the firehouse a...
  • 150 Tonnes Of Gold
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    Gold's great virtues of malleability, ductility, reflectivity, resistance to corrosion and unparalleled ability as a thermal and electrical conductor mean it is used in a wide variety of industrial applications consuming close to 300 tonnes annually. Gold (Au, from Latin "Aurum" (World Book Dictionary) is the most non-reactive of all metals - it is benign in all natural and industrial environments. Gold never reacts with oxygen (one of the most active elements), which means it will not rust or t...
  • California Gold Rush
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    The California Gold Rush changed California by creating a larger and more diverse population, establishing San Francisco as one of the premier trade and banking cities in the nation, and the eruption of mining "boom towns". By the winter of 1848, rumors of gold had drifted eastward across the country, but few easterners believed them. The gold discovery needed validation and President James Polk delivered that in early December of 1848. "The accounts of the abundance of gold in the territory are...
  • Prior To The Gold Rush California
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    The California Gold Rush Shortly after the acquisition of California from Mexico a man by the name of John Sutter arrived in East San Francisco Bay in 1839. Born in Germany he had to leave because he was unable to pay his creditors. With plenty of charm and letters from friends he convinced the Mexican governor of California to award him a land grant of more than 50,000 acres. John Sutter built a stockade and a fort and soon after became referred to as Captain Sutter, and his riverbank establish...
  • California Gold Rush
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    An Overview of the Gold Rush California has always been associated with cutting edge development and ideas. For over a century and a half it has been the leader of what the rest of the country follows. No single event has been as groundbreaking (literally and metaphorically) as the Gold Rush of 1849. This historic event single-handedly connected the East to the West in what proved to be the perfect model of expansion. It was what brought hundreds of thousands of Americans and immigrants alike to...

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