As technology improves, resources become more scarce, and market dynamics change, the gold mining industry will continue to undergo minor transformations that reflect an evolving business model for major miners.
In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, this means thinking of creative solutions to get the most out of a historically gold-rich region.
The Cream Rises?
Like any industrial mining operation, once a gold mine is exhausted, that's usually the end of the story. (Aside from ensuring it doesn't become an environmental hazard, as infamously happened with the disaster at the King Gold Mine in Colorado.)
However, spent underground gold mining projects are now begetting a wave of new gold mining projects that are essentially the secondary fruits of that original labor. A number of mining operations have sprung up in Nova Scotia, especially along the Moose River, that take advantage of easier-to-access surface deposits rather than digging deep beneath the ground for more gold ore.
"Geologists for the mining concerns are pursuing tiny specks of the metal from the folds of what they refer to as “host” rock that held the quartz, instead of infiltrating the quartz veins that characterize gold mines underground."
This process, though in certain ways more cumbersome and certainly less efficient, is less costly than traditional mining. The rocky surface ore is pulverized and chemically processed to extract the remaining gold—which turns out to be quite a lot! In one case, a mine run by Atlantic Gold Corp. is projected to recover some 87,000 ounces of gold this year.
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