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  1. For the record. here is the full text of the article. Notice the words "low grade" are not there. Now, the days when massive mineral deposits could be simply spotted by plane are gone, so miners are adopting new lab techniques and machine-led mapping to detect metal traces in everything from sand to gum tree leaves and groundwater. Australian miners are taking a deeper look at the 80 percent of the country that lies “under cover” - obscured by meters of sediment and sand, particularly in the desert interior, across an area twice the size of India. They are using a mix of new techniques and established methods in new ways, backed by greater computing heft, including a new generation of multi-layered maps produced by Australian government agencies. “There has been a perception that Australia is a mature destination and all the big finds have been found,” said Will Robinson, managing director at Encounter Resources, which is exploring for gold using a new type of soil sampling developed by the CSIRO, Australia’s peak science body. “You’re seeing more success as companies go out there and supply new technologies and new thinking into areas to find new big deposits,” he said. “It has reset the maturity clock.” Having repaired their balance sheets on the back of a commodities price recovery, miners large and small are rushing to peg out prospective land in undercover areas. Anglo American told Reuters it has recently been granted or is seeking permits over almost 11,000 square km of land in Queensland state, while iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group raised its exploration tenements by a third last year. Rio Tinto also sharply increased its exploration holdings under the remote Great Sandy Desert, where it announced a large copper find last week. Encounter Resources last month reported a gold find under shallow sand using CSIRO’s Ultrafine Soil technique, sending the explorer’s shares up 30 percent. “These ancient landscapes have buried deposits,” said Ryan Noble, a CSIRO scientist leading the development of the process. The analysis relies on separating out large particles of sand, which in remote Australia can account for as much as 95 percent of a sample, from much smaller clays and iron oxides, which attract gold, copper and zinc. Developments in analysis mean smaller particles of 2 microns can now be detected, about one-50th the size of a grain of salt, revealing signs of mineralization as deep as 10-20 meters (30-65 feet) under soil or sand. “We think there is huge value for Australia and other places to reprocess the samples they have collected and generate new targets and open up new areas,” CSIRO’s Noble said. Other new techniques are also starting to show results. In South Australia, ASX-listed Marmota is using a biogeochemical leaf analysis which helped guide it to a high-grade gold strike at its Gawler Craton project in September. Gum trees siphon up minute traces of gold from their roots to their leaves, which are then analyzed in a lab. “The gums were able to pick up moderate mineralization down to about 60 meters (200 feet),” geologist Aaron Brown told Reuters. The technology was developed during the boom years of 2012-2013 but has taken time to be used commercially as miners and investors look to reinvest in exploration after several lean years.
  2. You apparently didn't read the article. Or maybe you interpreted it differently than I. Regardless, thank you for not posting a disgusting photo with your "I think" nebulous piffle.
  3. I disagree Bob. When it comes to resources we have barely scratched the surface of the Earth. The glass is still full.
  4. Hi David. Happy Birthday. Here's a cake for ya...
  5. Undercover Down Under: Miners study gum leaves, groundwater for new finds https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-mining-exploration-analysis/undercover-down-under-miners-study-gum-leaves-groundwater-for-new-finds-idUSKCN1QN2WV
  6. Mitchel, good luck! Be sure to get info on the native snakes from someone when you get there.
  7. I know the feeling. I grew up and learned to drive in MN. Got my driver's license in January of 1966. By the end of January I learned that the amount of rubber on the road does little on the ice. Locking up the brakes while going downhill on an icy road makes you go faster and often spins you out of control. I also remember weeks at a time when the temperature never got above 20 below. When I was in college I had a VW which was great. If I got stuck in the snow I could put in 1st and let the wheels spin while I got out and rocked it. When it became unstuck and started to move I just hopped back in and went on to wherever I was going.
  8. Roads are shutting down due to storm, including I-40, US 93 KINGMAN – Snow has been falling overnight, which has caused roadways to close down. Arizona Department of Transportation reported at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 that both directions of Interstate 40 and U.S. 93 are closed in Kingman because of snow, ice, and multiple disabled vehicles. I-40 is closed at Stockton Hill Road and U.S. 93 is closed at Coyote Pass. Mohave County Roads reports that DW Ranch Road is closed from Hualapai Mountain Road to I-40 because of the weather. Hualapai Mountain Road is closed from Lazy Y U to Hualapai Mountain Park. https://kdminer.com/news/2019/feb/21/roads-are-shutting-down-due-storm-including-i-40-u/
  9. I wouldn't be driving around in that snow. You might be able to handle it but there will be lots of other cars that will be slipping and sliding and ending up in the ditch -- or worse.
  10. They say 4 to 8 inches in Kingman over the next 24 hours or so. Plan accordingly.
  11. I was referring to motor homes. I was pretty much in the goldfields for 12 years and wanted an RV with 100 gallons of fresh water, 50 gallon waste tanks, a big propane tank and all gas appliances. On the new high end coaches, all the appliances are electric. They have generators that start automatically when the house batteries drop below a certain point. In short, they are made to be plugged-in at an RV park. If not plugged-in, they require a huge amount of generator fuel. Renogy solar controllers were the 1st I saw that could convert 28 (or whatever) volts to 12 volts. That opened the door to using a wide variety of higher voltage solar panels AND that meant the wire needed between the panels and the controller could be a smaller gauge for even more savings.
  12. My solar controller is a Renogy. Works great. The bigger the inverter (watts), the more power it consumes. I only turn mine on when I am using it. I have a larger propane refrigerator/freezer which is great for living off the grid. Many of the newer RV's are all electric and made to be plugged-in somewhere.
  13. This was a simple thread about solar panels until (I won't mention any names) showed up. I thought politicizing was banned on this forum.
  14. Hi Swamp. It's a motor home. I've been off the grid for 15 years. There's 500 watts of panels on the roof directly above what you see (2 x 250) and six 6 volt gold cart batteries in a bay directly below. The 750 watt inverter is wired into a house circuit that powers most of the outlets. That circuit is disconnected from the main service panel. I have one circuit -- other than the AC unit circuit -- that is still powered by the generator or shore power. That circuit powers the microwave and a couple other outlets.
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