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How Is Gold Mined

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  • (Gold Mining) The technical and mechanical way of removing gold from its ores using various mining methods is known as Gold mining.

Gold mining activity, Tipuani River, Bolivia
Gold mining activity, Tipuani River, Bolivia
Another picture showing heavy machinery being used to alter the course of the Tipuani River in order to mine the gold more efficiently. This is the last picture that I will be posting on gold mining in the Tipuani area. In my presentation so far, I avoided talking about the environmental impact that all this mining activity is having in the region. This is a very complicated issue because social and economic factors have to be taken into account. We were told that toxic chemicals, including mercury, were not used to extract the gold in this region. So, all we need to worry about are the scars on the landscape and heavy siltation of the river waters which most certainly has negative effects on the fish population and possibly other wildlife. But, gold mining goes back a long time in the Tipuani valley; it is a tradition, a way of life. I'm an environmentalist at heart, but I try to find the positive in any situation no matter how difficult this might be. In the case of gold mining in rivers, as practiced here and in many other places in the developing world, I tend to side with those who say that nature will eventually reclaim what it has lost when there is no more gold to be won or when the activity ceases for whatever reason. And even if nature doesn't completely reclaim what it has lost, I look at our own situation in North America where we once had huge gold camps as in the Yukon, California, Alaska and other places. Many of those sites have since acquired historical significance and have become popular tourist attractions that continue to support economic activity and to provide a living for a new generation of citizens who choose to live in those places. Why would anybody want to go to Dawson City, Yukon, if it wasn't to get a feel for what life was like in the days of the Klondike. The Klondike has tremendous historical value which is worth a lot more to society as it is today than the emptiness that was there before. Photo taken in June 1991 on Kodachrome film and recently scanned using a Nikon Supercoolscan 5000 film scanner.
Gold mine relic
Gold mine relic
This was a strangely unkempt old gold mine museum piece on the east coast of the south island. I really liked the feel as the barn was still open to the elements a bit and nothing seemed 'staged'. Before I visited NZ, I had no idea about the number of Gold Rushes there had been and how much of NZ was shaped because of it. This is 4 images stitched together in PS CS3 as we only had a Canon s70 with us in NZ and even though it's 28mm wide angle, we still needed to use the panorama function a lot.

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