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Gold Mine and Geology 101 Series, Episode 1, Mine Terms
 
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The first in our new series of gold mine, mining, and gold geology educational series. Episode 1 focuses on general underground mining terminolgy. Most of what we'll be discussing throughout this series only deals with hard rock/lode mining although we may go over some placer mining as well. Hope you enjoy!
HOW TO DIG A TUNNEL !!! Drift Mining for Gold.... ask Jeff Williams
 
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Want to know How To Dig a Tunnel , well ask no more cause we will teach you how to dig one in just about any material. We also will so you basic tunnel drifting techniques to find Gold. What could be more fun then that.. This is part one of a multi part series ....so stay tuned. Click the link below to see the PDF file on Tunnel shoring. http://www.idahogeology.org/PDF/Bulletins_(B)/B-21.pdf Watch the full movie " Mother Lode " at this link. https://youtu.be/4amYHy6Fsts Show your Support by going to Patreon and making a Pledge. https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams
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Our Hard Rock Gold Mine | Initial Testing
 
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First couple of days at our new hard rock gold mine in Oregon. Initial drilling, gathering ore and a little processing of it back at the storage facility until our trailor is completed to process on site. Seems we got better results by just drilling small holes in the wall then panning rather than running full buckets from large amounts of ore we got off the walls. To be continued....
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Drilling pattern in underground mining   | wedge cut drilling pattern |MINING GURUKUL
 
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In this video explain the wedge cut pattern which is used in solid blasting. Important questions for mining compition exam https://youtu.be/nfm7rutwzbo *Secondary blasting https://youtu.be/Zehzl5U6gak Subgrade drilling- https://youtu.be/yQS0oaFgjZw Delay detonator - https://youtu.be/NmHofjCf7nI Like Mining Gurukul in fb https://m.facebook.com/Mining-Gurukul-2239455669710985/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Important questions tor mining sirdar, overman and other exams| MINING GURUKUL| in hindi" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfm7rutwzbo -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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MVM1100 Narrow Vein Mining
 
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Mechanised narrow vein mining
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Placer mining operations, 1960s
 
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Miner Bob Young pans for gold at his placer mine in Southcentral Alaska during the late 1960s or early 1970s. He pans for gold, pushes soil into a sluice box with his D9 Caterpillar bulldozer, moves tailings piles, cleans the sluice box, separates gold from soil, and weighs out the gold. John Baker filmed the sequence during the late 1960s or early 1970s and added narration in about 2000 (Color/Sound/16mm film). This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-16369 from the John Baker collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-16369 from the John Baker collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives
Views: 13557 Alaska Film Archives
Lode Gold Sampling Underground
 
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Sampling for lode gold in a historic lode mine in Oregon.
Views: 545 Kerby Jackson
Exploring A Sketchy Underground Placer Mine In The Backcountry
 
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The last video prompted a number of comments regarding lode mines versus placer mines. I realized I hadn’t posted any videos on underground placer gold mines in a while and since I have a number of new subscribers, I figured it was time for a refresher. Last week’s Alaska gold mine was a classic lode mine where the gold is embedded in hard rock and has to be crushed to be extracted. This week’s video is of underground placer mines, which are really buried ancient river channels. The gold is not contained within the rock, but is trapped in the river gravel and sand between the rocks. The miners at the first mine we visited had to punch in through the rock that you saw in order to reach the placer deposits hidden deeper under the mountain. However, at the second mine, the miners were immediately in the placer. That is very unusual for that part of California as almost all of the ancient river channels were buried by volcanic activity and they often have hundreds of feet of overburden above them. It’s impossible to know how the area around the second mine might have looked two hundred years ago since hydraulic mining washed away all of the earth covering the placer deposits at this sprawling site. However, I suspect that the only reason the miners at our second mine were immediately into the placer is because the hydraulic mine had already stripped away all of the overburden. Assuming this is the case, that would remain consistent with the other underground placer mines in the “Mother Lode” region of California. In sharp contrast to the first mine, I saw absolutely nothing at the second mine to suggest that it was a profitable venture. I expect it was mostly exploratory in nature and that the miners were hoping to locate the point where the ancient river channel hit the bedrock underneath. This zone is where the majority of the gold in these deposits collects. I didn’t see any sign that the miners located it... Further evidence for this is that there was no stoping or breasting underground where the miners had removed material. If they had found something worthwhile, they would have extracted it. Additionally, the adit and drifts meandered around as if they were exploring rather than having a clear destination. Hydraulic mining in California was banned in 1884. Given the amount of work done at the hydraulic mine around where the underground mine was located, it was apparently a profitable operation. So, the miners might have been attempting to keep a good thing going by switching to underground mining. Or it may have been a venture from decades later when the area enjoyed a brief renaissance during the 1930s when the United States was wallowing in the Great Depression and the government increased the price of gold (devaluing the U.S. dollar). Many desperate people took to the hills during that time in search of gold that was suddenly more valuable and these placer deposits would not have escaped their attention. The first mine we visited was a phenomenally successful underground placer mine. The mine was in operation for many years and was large enough to support at least two boarding houses along with everything else required by a large mining operation. As I mentioned in the video, there were miles of underground workings at this mine (we have come across dangerous air shafts deep in the forest that connect to this mine and the area they span is incredible). A map I have seen of this mine looks like a map of Manhattan with a huge grid running very methodically and systematically deeper into the mountain. There was nothing accidental or sloppy about this mine. The miners were very precise in clearing out as much of the gold-filled ancient river channel as possible. The mine had tracks running straight down the steep canyon where the mine is located to a large creek below the mine. Continuous loads of placer ore would be lowered down to the creek where the large volume of water would be used to wash the placer deposits and separate out the gold. ***** You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines
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Secret Miner’s Cabin & Mines In The Sierra Nevada - Part 1
 
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Probably less than a dozen people know about the historic miner’s cabin hidden away on this mining claim - and even fewer still know about the abundance of gold mines found here… It remains a secret because the people that do know where this is remain tight-lipped about it and this cabin and mines are located in an absolute black hole on topographic and other maps. There is simply nothing marked anywhere near here. With the contractors for the Forest Service, BLM, Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) programs, et al working overtime (with taxpayer money) to get all of these historic mines erased, it is very nice to be introduced to some gold mines that are not (currently) in danger of being permanently closed. It is a shame that we have to wallow in such secrecy simply to protect a historically significant site from the very entities that should be preserving it, but such is the upside down world we live in. The two adits featured in this video appear to be quite old. I was able to find a couple of references to the mines consolidated on this claim in mining journals dating back to the turn of the last century and they were described as already having been worked for a while at that time. So, initial work here probably dates back to around the time of California’s “Gold Rush” era. The earliest gold miners in California were placer miners. However, when the easy pickings from the surface were worked out, they became lode miners and headed underground to start chasing the veins where the gold in the creeks originated from (some underground miners also chased the rich placer left behind by ancient river channels that were buried millions of years ago). The little hole by the creek under the huge boulder would have been referred to as a “coyote hole” by the miners of the time. These were in abundance along the creeks and rivers of California in the early days as the miners pursued gold flakes and nuggets back into the rocks and gravel lining the waterways. So, it seems likely that the small adit we visited first would have been the one developed initially and then the larger adit punching into the hard rock would have come along later. In further support of the idea that these mines are older rather than newer is that, although it may possibly have been there at one point, there was no sign of rail at the mines we visited. The claim owner also stated that he has never seen any sign of rail here either. It is not difficult to imagine a swarm of miners crawling all over these canyon walls like ants during the “Gold Rush” era, churning up the creeks and digging out coyote holes. This initial surge of miners, however, would have been followed by a more patient, more sophisticated group of miners that had an eye on heading underground. At the second adit shown in this video, for example, you could have had something like a father and son team or two brothers slowly working away at that lode mine for years, chasing those quartz veins and hauling load after load of ore and waste rock out in wheelbarrows. I’m giving more of a general feel for the area with these videos rather than showing every single bit of mining history present as both sides of this canyon are covered in mines and the remains of mining equipment. We’ll see more of that in the next video. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines that I have explored: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 105116 TVR Exploring
How Do You Find a Gold Vein? Mining 101: Ep 12.
 
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Chairman of Exeter Resource Corp. Yale Simpson explains how you find a vein that is worth mining. From wiki: The difference between 19th century and modern mining techniques and the type of ore sought is based on the grade of material being mined and the methods of mining which are used. Historically, hand-mining of gold ores permitted the miners to pick out the lode quartz or reef quartz, allowing the highest-grade portions of the lodes to be worked, without dilution from the unmineralised wall rocks. Modern mining using larger machinery and equipment forces the miners to take low-grade waste rock in with the ore material, resulting in dilution of the grade. However, modern mining and assaying allows the delineation of lower-grade bulk tonnage mineralisation, within which the gold is invisible to the naked eye. In these cases, veining is the subordinate host to mineralisation and may only be an indicator of the presence of metasomatism of the wall-rocks which contains the low-grade mineralisation. For this reason, veins within hydrothermal gold deposits are no longer the exclusive target of mining, and in some cases gold mineralization is restricted entirely to the altered wall rocks within which entirely barren quartz veins are hosted. For More Information, Visit: http://www.exeterresource.com http://www.evenkeelmedia.com Sign up for our FREE newsletter! https://secure.campaigner.com/CSB/Public/Form.aspx?fid=541179
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How Gold Mining Works
 
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Ever wonder how people mined for gold? Have no fear! You can use a pan, a large drill, and even explosives! Anthony did some digging and found out many of the methods that people get that rare substance out of the ground and into your wallet! Don't miss Discovery's epic three-night event! Klondike premieres Monday, January 20th at 9|8c on Discovery Read More: Modern Gold Mining http://money.howstuffworks.com/30924-modern-gold-mining-video.htm "With the price of gold at all time highs, a familiar fever is sweeping Alaska." Gold Price Ounce http://www.goldpriceoz.com/ "Current gold prices per ounce and gold prices history." Improvements in Stope Drilling and Blasting For Deep Gold Mines http://www.saimm.co.za/Journal/v075n06p139.pdf "The rate of face advance in the gold mines is between 3 and 10 m a month, with a median value of about 5 m a month; it follows that faces are blasted less frequently than is planned." Gold Mining - Methods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_mining#Methods "Placer mining is the technique by which gold has accumulated in a placer deposit is extracted." How Does Gold Mining Work? http://www.wisegeek.com/how-does-gold-mining-work.htm "Gold mining can use several different techniques, depending on the situation involved and the type of mining being done." What is the Role of Cyanide in Mining? http://www.miningfacts.org/environment/what-is-the-role-of-cyanide-in-mining/ "Cyanide is a naturally occurring chemical that is found in low concentrations throughout nature including in fruits, nuts, plants, and insects." Gold Fun Facts http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/gold/eureka/gold-fun-facts "It has been estimated that, worldwide, the total amount of gold ever mined is 152,000 metric tons, only enough to fill 60 tractor trailers." Watch More: 5 Surprising Uses for Gold http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnsJEEEgbvY TestTube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-437-pets-make-us-healthier?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT The Truth About Diamonds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjUCAMFVjaY ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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Raise and Winze | What is Raise and winze | Metal Mining video Series | MINING GURUKUL
 
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Underground Mine Exploration
 
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Going underground in an abandoned mine.
Views: 380 NelsonStudios
Underground Forest Of Timbers In Abandoned Mine – Part 1
 
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This abandoned copper mine is one we wanted to visit because we have seen explorers visit the main adit (including Adit Addicts, my exploring buddy for the day), but had never seen that anyone had documented the numerous upper adits of this particular mine. The main section of the mine is quite impressive and it is certainly understandable why explorers focus on it (I cover the ground level as well so that you can have a sense of it too in case this is your first time seeing this mine). In the interest of completeness though, we wanted to cover all that there was to see here. Also, the overlooked abandoned mines or even the overlooked sections of abandoned mines often yield the best historical treasures. I’ll discuss the guts of this mine in more detail when I get to the main section in the next video, but, as I mentioned above, this was a copper mine and, from what we could tell, all of the production took place around the turn of the last century (the 1900s). Apparently, the mine was only active for several years, but they certainly made the most of that time. Although I just explore the ground level in the main section of the mine (in the next video), I will link to other explorers that have visited all of the levels in the main mine so that you can see what it looks like. Teamwork between mine explorers will get all of these old mines explored and documented! The YouTube channel for Adit Addicts can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXOU8aR7o50X6q2wQ0wbCQ ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 37970 TVR Exploring
Fosterville Gold Mine underground drone stope flight.
 
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Watch in 720 HD for best quality .
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Solid Blasting Hindi lecture | Solid Blasting in u/g coal mines | MINING GURUKUL
 
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In this video we will discuss Solid blasting and drilling pattern used in solid blasting & adwantage or disadvantages also. Dont forgot to like, comment and subscribe. * wedge cut pattern https://youtu.be/ts_OedWLwZA Like Mining Gurukul in fb https://m.facebook.com/Mining-Gurukul-2239455669710985/
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Interesting Underground Gold Mine Stuffed With Quartz
 
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This gold mine is one of those abandoned mines that didn’t look like much at first, but ended up being really interesting… Aside from the complexity of the underground workings we explored, we just kept finding stuff. Well, more accurately, I should say that my exploring buddy kept finding stuff. While I was inside the first adit looking around, Mr. McBride, discovered the lower adit and the buildings above the mine workings. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about the history of this mine. As with many things, California is behind other states in digitizing the records in their archives. By contrast, Nevada is fantastic in this respect. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the University of Nevada in Reno have done a really impressive job of digitizing and organizing their records online. So, for example, if you have the name of a mine, you can look through their database and find extensive records and maps for the mine you’re curious about. Obviously, not every historic mine is included in their database, but most are. Even without knowing the history though, it is apparent that this mine is an older mine that was worked off and on for quite a while. It also doesn’t seem to be a big stretch to assume that a respectable amount of gold was extracted. I’m basing that on the size of the workings and how the miners burrowed off in all directions from that quartz core where the pit was. They even went down and ran another adit in... Actually, as I was typing that, I realized that it may have been the other way around. If you’ll recall, the track in the lower adit was the “budget rail” where the miners nailed the metal strips onto boards to run the ore carts over. Since the track in the first adit I entered was solid metal rail, it would suggest the possibility that the miners may have done well enough in the lower adit to afford to splash out on expensive rail when driving a second adit above. In other words, the lower adit may have been the first adit. The mine buildings just above the underground workings were interesting to us given their age. The main building looked just large enough to accommodate a crew of approximately the size of the number of names on the board where the miners would badge in and badge out. It’s possible a mining crew could have worked this operation in the winter, but given its remote location, fairly poor dirt roads and heavy snowfall in the winter, it seems more likely this was a summer mining operation. Was that a grave at the end? What do you guys think that was? ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 101299 TVR Exploring
Exploring The Abandoned Coyote Mesa Mine - Part 1 of 2
 
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According to my research, this was a tungsten mine (of which there were many in the area) and came into existence during World War II as a result of the American government’s insatiable demand for tungsten. The military application of tungsten comes from how dense and hard the mineral is. Given these properties, it shows up in places like missiles and grenades. Germany used tungsten during World War II to produce armor-piercing projectiles for anti-tank weapons. The tungsten allowed for a high muzzle velocity and, therefore, even small caliber weapons and light field artillery could still be devastatingly effective. I started at the top with this abandoned mine and worked down because I hiked up to figure out what that ore chute on the side of the hill was. Now that I know what it is though, it just raises even more questions. What the hell was it doing just hanging out on the side of the hill like that? Oh well, I guess we can’t figure out all of life’s mysteries, can we? This was a fun abandoned mine to explore… It had multiple drift levels and lots of twists and turns inside that were filled with interesting features. Plus it was dry, which is one of the most attractive features of desert mines! As mentioned in the video, we will cover the other side of the hill in the second video. The additional workings on the other side are part of the same mine. However, the two sides do not connect underground. Each side is independent of the other. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L If you like these videos on exploring abandoned mines, please subscribe! https://goo.gl/yjPxH1 Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, guess what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a hundred years, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 21744 TVR Exploring
ROCKS to GOLD. How to Do It. ask Jeff Williams
 
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Ever wanted to turn rocks into Gold and work in an underground Gold Mine, well now you can....and keep all the Gold you mine. We show you what it takes to turn ordinary looking rocks into Gold . If you want to do this yourself then just click the link and make a $10 pledge and we will personally so you how. https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams We go deep underground to mine out that Beautiful Yellow Metal..... . GOLD !!!! and then we take it back to the Ranch to Mill it down and then run it over the Shaker table to get even the finest Gold particles....... Then the Super cons are processed over a Multi sluice for final cleanup and what you have left is a Pan full of GOLD !!!!!! We want to thank everyone that made it out for our underground mining adventures and we hope to see them all back here real soon..... We also want to thank Jeff and Nic Nac out at the Ranch for taking care of us while we were not mining.... Can't wait to get back out there and do it again... So you know what I am gonna say ...huh So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!!!! PLUS extra bonus info for our Premium Patrons . If you want to become a Premium Patron then just click the link and make a $10 dollar pledge to get all the benefits of having hands on training in the field with us on 3 day Gold minining tours....BOTH Placer and Hard Rock..... Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams PLUS...... exclusive deal on merch and one on one with me and Slim. New K & M Rock Crusher http://www.makeyourowngoldbars.com/in-stock-rock-crushers or call them at ( 714 ) 847- 4289 Just tell Steve that Jeff and Slim sent you and get a great deal on a Gas or Electric powered unit. Join us on Facebook for behind the scene photos. https://www.facebook.com/Ask-Jeff-Williams-1414360875534707/ Don't forget to Like - Share and Subscribe to our Channel If you are already Subscribed to our Channel then hit the Bell Icon to receive Notifications of when NEW vids are out so you can stay up to date. Any purchases made from the links below help support my channel! My Favorite Gold Pan....The Garret Super Sluice https://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Supersluice-Gold-Pan-15/dp/B000H82E2M/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7VHKOFEM3QWHISDG&creativeASIN=B000H82E2M Our Favorite Books- Gold Mining in the 21sy Century https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Mining-21st-Century-Procedures/dp/0963601504/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=FVDLLUGI2HVSHNPI&creativeASIN=0963601504 Fistful of Gold by Chris Ralph https://www.amazon.com/Fists-Full-Gold-Chris-Ralph/dp/0984269207/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=GVXJYLTGVFW5LIAV&creativeASIN=0984269207 If you would like a copy of our Book - " Where To Find Gold " Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams So you know what I am gonna say huh....you better... So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!! #askjeffwilliams #goldminigtours
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HOW TO TIMBER A MINE SHAFT !!! The Easy Way. ask Jeff Williams
 
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3 techniques used to frame and timber a mine shaft with bolted sets. lap sets that were used for old style timbered mine shafts. https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams Me and Slim show you 3 techniques for timbering a mine shaft so you can do it yourself. Plus you get to see how the old mine shafts were put together to make that beautiful frame work that you see when you visit the mines This is part 1 of a series so stay tuned for more .... So you know what I am gonna say huh... So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!! click here for part 2 https://youtu.be/rWRS4TqebRE Here is a link to pre-cut Mining sets https://selllumber.com/shaft-set/
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Exploring A High Sierra Placer And Lode Mine: Part 2 of 2
 
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As I mentioned in the description section of the first video in this series, this mine got a lot less pleasant in the second half of it! Flooding, low oxygen, monsters popping up out of the water, etc. presented quite the mix of negative experiences… Perhaps the only thing that was not an issue was ground fall (sections where the mine caved). The exception, of course, is the point at which I could not continue any farther where all of that rock and dirt went to the very top of the adit. However, as you undoubtedly noticed with the other ore chutes/ore passes/raises in this mine, a fair amount of gravel and dirt was at the base of each of those that had tumbled down from the upper workings. So, I don’t know that that caved section at the end was a failure in the main haulage adit or if that was a lot of material that had come down from the upper workings through an ore pass/ore chute/raise. Unless someone steps forward with a map, we may never know. Based on prior experience though, I am somewhat inclined toward believing that all of that material came down from the upper workings rather than from the hard rock that this adit consisted of giving way. The oxygen levels definitely became disagreeably low as I continued to push in. You heard how hard I was working for oxygen toward the end of exploring the underground portion of the mine… One probably wouldn’t want to flirt with oxygen levels much lower than that for very long (and that is certainly a good example of why it is likely in any mine explorer’s best interest to fork out the money for an oxygen meter). I was really hoping to discover a way into those upper workings, but the miners cut in way, way below the ancient river channel here and so it was quite a distance to reach the higher levels (In this case, it proved to be an insurmountable distance). I understand that it is difficult to precisely hit the ancient river channels that the miners want to pull the gold out of and there are many examples of gold mines where the miners punched in too high or too low. So, for this mine, I don’t know if it was a slight miscalculation that brought the miners in so far beneath the placer or if it was intentional for some reason I cannot fathom. I thought that all of the artifacts around the remains of the miner’s bunkhouse were extremely interesting. You viewers are pretty savvy – any guesses as to the rough age of the stuff around the bunkhouse? Obviously, there was some work done at this mine in the 1980’s given what was written with the white paint in the main haulage adit (and, presumably, the aluminum ladders date to that time as well), but the bunkhouse was abandoned well before then. The last really serious work at this mine that is mentioned in various mining journals and reports was done in the 1950’s. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have already been abandoned by then too, but that seems a lot closer to an accurate estimate. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy it. This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Great Finds At A Gold Mine In The Sierras
 
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The area where this mine is located is absolutely thick with mining history – some of the densest concentration of gold mines and historical mining activity that I am aware of… There isn’t a rock in this mining district that wasn’t turned over by a miner at some point in the past 175 years. So, it is no surprise that we discovered a lot going on at this site and, as the afternoon progressed, this mine just kept revealing more and more. It’s kind of funny as when we arrived in the morning, we expected this to just be a quickie mine explore. However, it took us until after dark! And, undoubtedly, we missed some mining equipment and other features in the darkness. Inside the more modern haulage adit seen in this video, I was disappointed by that stope that had collapsed down the ore chute as we were off to a very promising start. If the reports I have seen are correct, there are a couple of thousand feet of workings left to explore beyond that caved section. The reports also list this as both a lode and a placer mine. I didn’t see any evidence of lode activity in what we were able to see, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t run across a vein deeper into the mountain. They may have also been referencing work across the creek that you’ll see in the third video (3 of 3) in this series. That caved section was placer though... I’m always talking about how much less stable the placer mines are and that is further evidence of what I’m talking about. There wasn’t a pebble out of place on my whole walk in through the haulage adit. But, what was caved? The underground placer deposit. I hope those of you with lode mines to explore in nice, dry climates appreciate how fortunate you are! It was quite the treat to see that compressor room and bunkhouse (I’m assuming that’s what the upstairs was) still relatively intact and with all of that gear inside... I’d imagine there are still plenty of treasures hidden under all of those boards from the buildings that collapsed. However, neither of us felt like spending the whole afternoon moving boards around and dodging rusty nails – especially when there was still so much more to see. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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METAL DETECTING GOLD MINE !!! Finding Pocket Gold.
 
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While Metal Detecting with a Whites Gold Master Metal Detector in an Old Gold mine, we find Pockets of GOLD locked up in Rich seams of Limonite near a shear zone. Best way to find Gold underground. Very DANGEROUS. Do NOT try this at Home. All the Gold we find goes to our premium Patrons....just our way of saying thank you for all their support. If you want to become a Premium Patron then just click the link and make a $10 dollar pledge to get all the benefits of having hands on training in the field with us on 3 day Gold mining tours....BOTH Placer and Hard Rock..... Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams PLUS...... exclusive deals on merchandise and one on one with me and Slim. Don't forget to Like - Share and Subscribe to our Channel SUBSCRIBE BY CLICKING THIS LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEeEMoldn_MytOY17kYhX_g?view_as=subscriber Join us on Facebook for behind the scene photos. https://www.facebook.com/Ask-Jeff-Williams-1414360875534707/ If you are already Subscribed to our Channel then hit the Bell Icon to receive Notifications of when NEW vids are out so you can stay up to date. Any purchases made from the links below help support my channel! My Favorite Gold Pan....The Garret Super Sluice https://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Supersluice-Gold-Pan-15/dp/B000H82E2M/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7VHKOFEM3QWHISDG&creativeASIN=B000H82E2M Our Favorite Books- Gold Mining in the 21sy Century https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Mining-21st-Century-Procedures/dp/0963601504/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=FVDLLUGI2HVSHNPI&creativeASIN=0963601504 Fistful of Gold by Chris Ralph https://www.amazon.com/Fists-Full-Gold-Chris-Ralph/dp/0984269207/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=GVXJYLTGVFW5LIAV&creativeASIN=0984269207 If you would like a copy of our Book - " Where To Find Gold " Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams OTHER VIDEOS YOU MAY LIKE: RICH GOLD VEIN FOUND !!!! Epithermal Deposit. https://youtu.be/rpgJFpwuyhQ Sluice Box Set Up. https://youtu.be/ZeNEq70vYGE Biggest Clean Up in Youtube History. https://youtu.be/L-PiKPdvd7A GOLD in the SIDEWALKS of MANHATTAN. https://youtu.be/3RMHiKBcNyI THE GEOLOGY of GOLD !!! What Rocks and Minerals to look for. https://youtu.be/nv2rCm1OXlU How to Find Gold !!! In Rivers and Creeks. https://youtu.be/Z3em8j_v5YQ HOW to FIND GOLD with a BLACKLIGHT !!! https://youtu.be/IN4dft7zKWM ROCKS and GOLD !!!! Geology 101 https://youtu.be/-ukfqYfeBzc HOW TO FILE A MINING CLAIM !! Lode and Placer. https://youtu.be/T1f1K8N8T_c MINI JAW CRUSHER !!! For Gold Mining. https://youtu.be/cfMZdjhO6us GOLD FROM PYRITE !!!! How To Do It https://youtu.be/AfDKQus3qfE Secret Gold Mines https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-t2qnURbmg6MtLwSi868ZT7IM_WKU6ue So you know what I am gonna say huh....you better... So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!! #askjeffwilliams #howtofindgold
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Exploring A High Sierra Placer And Lode Mine: Part 1 of 2
 
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As mentioned in the thumbnail image, there are quite a lot of artifacts at this abandoned gold mine. I only show some of them in the first video because I was impatient to get inside of the large adit at this mine. However, after finishing exploring the underground section of the mine, we went out looking around the site more thoroughly and – among other things – discovered the remains of the miner’s bunkhouse. You’ll see in the second video that there were quite a few interesting artifacts at that location. How about those sketchy, rusted ladders seemingly running up into an infinite void? Metal ladders may sound secure, but whatever was anchoring those ladders in the past is no longer present and so they wobbled all over the place (they really didn’t seem like they would hold any weight at all). Furthermore, they were quite rusty and, at least in my experience, when I have encountered rusted metal underground, it has always been extremely brittle. I once accidentally brushed against a thick rusted cable inside of a mine and just that slight pressure snapped the cable. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I just brushed against it too. So, with that experience in mind, I was somewhat leery about climbing wobbly, rusted ladders straight up into the unknown. This was particularly the case given the collapsed section of ladders we already saw and was reinforced by coming across more sections with collapsed metal ladders deeper inside of the mine. At least the underground section of the mine up until the point where this first video ends was pleasant (going in through hard rock, not a lot of water, an absence of ground fall, etc.). In the second video? Not so much… The pelican really threw me… I grew up not far from the location of this abandoned mine and have never seen or heard of pelicans in the area. I normally associate pelicans with the ocean. However, I later recalled that there is a breeding colony of pelicans on Anaho Island at Pyramid Lake in Nevada. So, perhaps it was on a migration route over the Sierras? Regardless, it is still not the type of thing one expects to stumble across in the middle of the forest. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy it. This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring A Large Limestone Mine - Part 1
 
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This is the first abandoned limestone mine I ever explored and it is a big one… As an essential ingredient in concrete, this mine was brought into existence together with a nearby concrete producer in 1910. Underground mining continued into the early 1960’s before the focus shifted to the open pit mining of limestone nearby. Although significantly remodeled over the years, the concrete production plant remains open. My exploring buddy for this day is Alessio (who introduced me to this site) and his exploring channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoy6TTAGyJDVPxv9DQrs3LA As it is sedimentary, limestone is made up of the skeletal remains of countless living creatures such as coral and foraminifera. I suppose it is somewhat morbid to consider that when walking on a concrete sidewalk, for example, that we are tromping on the corpses of millions of living creatures. Taking it a step further, consider that limestone is a common ingredient in toothpaste as well! It’s labeled as calcium carbonate should you choose to examine your toothpaste. This mine is located in the region of Tuscany, which is more commonly associated with fine wine and historic cities such as Florence and Siena. However, I assure you that it has a very fine selection of abandoned mines as well. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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CRAZY GOLD FINDS !!! Underground . ask Jeff Williams
 
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Driving a Drift Tunnel to get Gold.....PLUS Caves underground in our Drift mine. Monster Gold Nuggets found in Ancient stream Gravels. https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams Hey everybody, we are driving our upper drift tunnel into a new section to find even more Gold Nuggets.....can't wait to see what is in there..... .PLUS we have found more Monster Gold Nuggets in the lower pockets of the mine and we have a BIG announcement .... We have a NEW Book available that has all of me and Slims combined years of Secrets and Knowledge inside.....but there are a limited amount of them so you might want to get one before they are all gone.... and they are only available to our Premium Patrons...... If you are not already one and would like to sign up then just click the link and make a $10 dollar pledge and you are in like Flynn..... So you know what I am gonna say ..huh So C'mon...Let's Go !!!!!! https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams
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Death Valley Curly & The 1885 Mine
 
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The mining district where this mine is located was famed for its rich silver production... I would love to tell you more about the history of this mine than that. However, with these early mines (subsequent research leads me to believe that the 1885 carved into the wooden door may well be accurate), there were often few – if any - written records. That is particularly the case with a smaller mine such as this one where I was unable to even determine a name, let alone production records or the identities of the original miners that worked there. I don’t know if “Death Valley Curly” ever mined here or not, but I’d love to know more of his story as well. I am curious to know how the miners decided on the location of this mine. The surface of this site was made up of broken rocks from an ancient lava flow and there didn’t appear to be any minerals that would have caught the eyes of the miners. I suppose they might have had a hunch that the lava flow had covered up a good deposit of silver ore, but why here? Perhaps one of the geologists in the audience will correct me, but a lava flow of this type seems like really unpromising ground to run a mine into. The smaller size of the mine might be confirmation of that speculation on my part. Despite starting out with relatively drab colors, the adit really exploded with color around the end of the haulage adit where that significant winze was. I’m partially colorblind, but that really popped even for me. So, I can only imagine how it looks for those of you enjoying the ability to fully see color. I believe that that would have been an interesting place to try out a blacklight. I am not sure what inspired the miners to run that ridiculously deep winze straight down toward the end of the haulage adit. Perhaps they were giving up on continuing to drive ahead horizontally as they had been? Or perhaps they found some promising indicators as they were working down? The other work branching off from the haulage adit seemed exploratory in nature or perhaps the miners had come across a small pocket or two along the way, but nothing significant. Regardless of the reason for its creation, I remain very curious about how deep that winze runs and if there are any additional levels down there. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring Abandoned Mines: The White Chief Mine – Part 2
 
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This level made me really fall in love with this abandoned mine… After making my way through the massive open stope just past the portal, I wound my way into the mountain following the track of this adit. Chuck was still exploring at the top sections of the mine and Frank and Paul had already gone into this level before me. So, I started out on my own. My favorite section was where the adit opens up into the large stope chamber and the rails branch off to the left to go into the stope and also carry off to the right to go deeper into the mine. As I mentioned in the last video, there are surprisingly few records available on this abandoned mine aside from the MRDS listing that describes this as a tungsten mine. However, believe it or not, the MRDS has been known to have incorrect information before. Shocking, I know. Regardless of whether we have much information though, this mine offered some great underground time… ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L If you like these videos on exploring abandoned mines, please subscribe! https://goo.gl/yjPxH1 Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, guess what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a hundred years, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring The Abandoned Crystal Palace Mine
 
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As I was struggling to explain in the video during my graceful, acrobatic leap off of the quartz ledge, a local historian advised us that during World War II, this abandoned mine was worked not for gold (which is what was originally mined here), but for its crystals that were used in radios. Google “crystal oscillator" if you’re curious how that works… During World War II, many American mines that extracted minerals such as gold and silver that were not considered essential to the war effort were ordered closed by the U.S. government. By contrast, mines that pursued tungsten or other such minerals (or crystals) were aggressively supported. Going farther back, there is a story the old-timers told in the past (unfortunately, these old hands are no longer with us) about a large group of Mexican miners that used to work an unknown section of the canyon where this mine is located. The story from the old-timers is that when the Mexican Revolution (which started in 1910) really started getting serious, that the Mexicans were compelled to return home. So, one day, an incredibly long mule train, loaded down with ore and equipment wound its way up and out of the canyon on the long trail back to Mexico. These Mexican miners never returned. I don’t know if that story is true (but it came from reliable sources) and I don’t know if the Mexican miners were working the quartz veins shown in this video. However, there are only four mines in this canyon and I KNOW it wasn’t two of those four. Therefore, it is a distinct possibility and it is worth mentioning, I believe. We were quite impressed by how extensively this quartz zone had been worked on both the surface and underground. Whether it was Mexican miners or someone else, they really worked this canyon thoroughly! I would love to see pictures of how it looked then. Early written descriptions of this mine indicate that a simple stamp mill was sufficient for milling the ore since the quartz veins harbor almost no sulfide. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring A Large Limestone Mine - Part 3
 
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I’m not exaggerating when I say that this section of the abandoned limestone mine has the biggest adits (mine tunnels) that I have ever seen – and we have seen a lot of underground mines… It seems apparent that the miners were intent on extracting as much limestone as possible, while maintaining the minimum of what was necessary for the structural integrity of the mine. As such, we encountered adit after adit, all in rows with interconnecting tunnels. These rows of adits extend to the levels above and below too, leaving just a skeleton of stone behind to prop everything up. It really is an extraordinary site. Bear in mind, we only scratched the surface of all that makes up this mine. There are many levels we did not access and many drifts we did not go into. Given the sheer scale of the workings in this section of the mine, we assumed that these workings must be newer than the first underground workings we explored. Some have expressed surprise that the miners did not simply pursue an open pit operation at this limestone deposit. In fact, the remainder of this deposit is being quarried nearby. However, the miners were not stupid and the concrete plant is still in business. So, give them the benefit of the doubt in regard to pursuing the limestone deposit underground in this section. Given how low labor costs used to be and given that earthmoving equipment can handle a lot more now than it could more than a century ago when they started this mine, it was probably more economical for the miners to punch in from the side and to haul the limestone straight out rather than to dig down from the top in order to haul it up and out to be turned into concrete. Again, a big thank you to Alessio for sharing this mine with us... His channel can be found below and he does urban exploration in general, not just abandoned mines! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoy6TTAGyJDVPxv9DQrs3LA ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Secret Miner’s Cabin & Mines In The Sierra Nevada  - Part 2
 
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With this second video, we climb up the side of the canyon above the historic miner’s cabin. These are just some of the gold mines on this claim… The early miners were very busy in this canyon and evidence of their work is all over the place. Some of this evidence is just unusual divots in the earth or stacks of rocks and other times one can find old bottles or bits of metal. However, we also found the remains of a tram system and there are other mining equipment treasures scattered around that the claim owner has discovered over the years. And then, of course, there are the mines themselves. I wonder how many are covering these canyon walls that have eroded shut and have been lost to history? Given how steep this canyon is, the tram system was not a surprise, but it is still an impressive level of sophistication for a mining area that is completely off the radar now. Waste rock would have just been dumped in front of the adit, but presumably the gold ore was trammed down to that stamp mill we saw in the first video for processing. We had to drop down into the first adit that you’ll see in this video, but that is not the way the miner’s accessed this claim. Where we were standing looking back at the large mound of dirt obstructing the portal was the original floor level of this mine, but the portal has almost completely filled in with dirt since the miners were last busy here. We are fortunate that it is open at all. Completely obscured by that mound of dirt is another drift that took off to the right (from the perspective of facing the portal). We suspected something was back there based on the shape of the adit and so, as I was crawling out of the mine, I squeezed over to that side and there was a small gap where I could see into the short drift there. It didn’t run back that far and, in fact, I could see the end of it from where I was sprawled out on the mound of dirt. There weren’t any mining artifacts or anything like that inside. The rumored ore cart in that lower drift level was quite interesting to me though! Unfortunately, that was a particularly sketchy section of the mine. Those huge slabs around the side of that winze were very precariously balanced there and, as you saw, that winze goes vertical before reaching the next level. I would love to go back with proper gear to be able to get down to that level, but it would be sporty. The last adit – again, completely different from the others – had the most amount of visible quartz, but it presumably was not particularly rich or it would have been a lot bigger. That adit seemed more exploratory in nature given how the miners were meandering off in different directions inside. They obviously did not run out of quartz. So, the gold content must have been too low to justify pursuing it. There were some nice crystals in there though! Thank you again to the claim owner and his dog, Shade, for sharing this site with us. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Incredible Nevada Silver Mine - Part 1
 
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Buckle up for an extended series on one of my favorite abandoned mines… I’ve shown a number of smaller mines recently to set the stage for the explore of this huge abandoned mine – an abandoned mine that is filled with a number of incredible features that I have never seen anywhere else. I can sincerely say without hesitation that this is the most unique abandoned mine that I have ever explored. And having visited hundreds of mines by now, that is not a statement that I make lightly! Right at the start, the wind roaring out of the portal should give you a hint of the scale of this mine and what is ahead. At one point in the video, you’ll hear me ask how long we have been hiking in for and that reply from my exploring buddy on this trip is not a joke. Perhaps needless to say, we were pretty worn out after finishing this explore and went through a LOT of batteries! You might be curious about the history of this mine? As the title implies, the primary ore here was silver, but large pockets of gold and lead were discovered as well. The rich deposits at this site were first discovered in the 1870s and the adit we entered the mine through was driven in the 1880s to connect with earlier workings in this mining district. Peak production took place over the next couple of decades, but sporadic work continued through the 1960s. As the underground workings connect several different mines, it is impossible now to tell where one historic mine ended and another began. However, just be aware that you are seeing what were once several mines that have been consolidated into one. Obviously, I cut out almost all of the walk in because it was mostly featureless tunnel and I figured you didn’t want to see two full-length videos of us just walking. Although, I was tempted to have a video of that just so you could see how long the walk in is! However, the wind noise is annoying and so you are receiving the highlights version of the long walk we made to get to the heart of the mountain where the good stuff like that elevator and historic hoist were to be found. Don’t worry, the wind noise goes away once we really get inside. That inclined winze we follow up in the coming videos leads to some really amazing finds… If you’re a fan of any of the content that has been on this channel, stick with this series because this mine plays host to some of the best stuff we have ever found. The “we” on this explore was another YouTuber that goes by the handle of “Mines of the West” and has a focus on exploring abandoned mines in Oregon and Washington. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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I Can't Believe What We Found !!! MONSTER MINE. ask Jeff Williams
 
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I can't believe what we found in this Monster mine....Monster size Ore carts and Ore deposits left behind. Its like finding the Mother Lode. PLUS The mine connects to other Massive mines....It's an underground City. We have to go back to explore it all but it is to big to see in one day.... So you know what I am gonna say huh....you better So C'mon....Let's Go !!!! #askjeffwilliams #undergroundexploration Also we want to give a Special " thank you " for the excellent time to Joanne and Tony for inviting us to tag along. Thanks Join us on Facebook for behind the scene photos. https://www.facebook.com/Ask-Jeff-Williams-1414360875534707/ Don't forget to Like - Share and Subscribe to our Channel If you are already Subscribed to our Channel then hit the Bell Icon to receive Notifications of when NEW vids are out so you can stay up to date. Any purchases made from the links below help support my channel! My Favorite Gold Pan....The Garret Super Sluice https://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Supersluice-Gold-Pan-15/dp/B000H82E2M/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7VHKOFEM3QWHISDG&creativeASIN=B000H82E2M Our Favorite Books- Gold Mining in the 21sy Century https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Mining-21st-Century-Procedures/dp/0963601504/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=FVDLLUGI2HVSHNPI&creativeASIN=0963601504 Fistful of Gold by Chris Ralph https://www.amazon.com/Fists-Full-Gold-Chris-Ralph/dp/0984269207/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=GVXJYLTGVFW5LIAV&creativeASIN=0984269207 If you would like a copy of our Book - " Where To Find Gold " Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams So you know what I am gonna say huh....you better... So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!! Here is an excerpt from Joannes article in Desert Magazine . My feet were dangling through a two foot square opening in the wooden floor. A hundred feet below me Bill shouts up that it looks interesting and that we should join him. I double check the rope to make sure I threaded it properly though my rappelling rack, doing it wrong can have fatal consequences. I try to find a foothold so I can ease down through the opening. The shaft below me is pitch black and my headlamp only lights up a small area around me. My mouth is dry and I can feel my heart pounding in my chest. Tony’s quite voice and British accent are calming. He assures me that the rigging looks good and that I am doing fine. Did I mention that I’m afraid of heights? No really, I’m afraid of heights. Easing down farther into the blackness the rope tightens up and starts to take my weight. I really need three hands right now, two to lower me down through the opening and one to hold onto the rope and control my descent, but unfortunately I am a hand short. Finally my foot settles on a small rock outcropping allowing me to ease down into the blackness of the shaft. Once again I check my rigging, this time to ensure that my hair or clothing are not getting tangled in the rappelling rack. Above me I can see Tony’s light shining down as he monitors my progress. Glancing down I can see Bill’s light illuminating my landing point. Minutes later my feet touched down on a wooden platform. I remove myself from the rope and yell up to Tony that he can start his descent. Most people I talk with about mine exploring think I’m absolutely crazy. So what leads people to venture into dark, dangerous places like old mines? For me the answers are adventure, exploration, and an interest in history. Adventure was probably the primary attraction when I rst started exploring old mines. I was going places where few people would dare to go. It was exciting and a bit scary at the same time. Although the sense of adventure still exists, it has been surpassed by the desire to explore the unknown and the feeling of being tied to history. As I make my way through a mine I think about the miners who dug the tunnels, blasted with dynamite, laid down track, and built ore chutes. Why did they labor in such dangerous conditions where the loss of life was a common occurrence? What would draw them to this life? As we explore in and around the mines we often nd reminders of their lives. For more here is the info for the Magazine. Spring 2012 Desert Magazine Vol 2 Issue 2
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HOW TO BLAST ROCK !!!!! Using The Sierra Blaster. ask Jeff Williams
 
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We give you the tips and tricks you need to use the Sierra Blaster more effectively. Along the way we will mining Gold from secret Lost Gold mines that we found using Slims maps. Future vids will follow this one as we continue to use the Sierra Blaster in different scenarios from free standing rocks and boulders to underground mining . To purchase your own Sierra Blaster click the link below and tell Aaron that Jeff and Slim sent you . http://www.sierrablaster.com/ Tel: 775-525-1551 http://store.sierrablaster.com/ All the Gold we find goes to our premium Patrons....just our way of saying thank you for all their support. If you want to become a Premium Patron then just click the link and make a $10 dollar pledge to get all the benefits of having hands on training in the field with us on 3 day Gold mining tours....BOTH Placer and Hard Rock..... Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams PLUS...... exclusive deals on merchandise and one on one with me and Slim. Don't forget to Like - Share and Subscribe to our Channel SUBSCRIBE BY CLICKING THIS LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEeEMoldn_MytOY17kYhX_g?view_as=subscriber Join us on Facebook for behind the scene photos. https://www.facebook.com/Ask-Jeff-Williams-1414360875534707/ If you are already Subscribed to our Channel then hit the Bell Icon to receive Notifications of when NEW vids are out so you can stay up to date. Any purchases made from the links below help support my channel! My Favorite Gold Pan....The Garret Super Sluice https://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Supersluice-Gold-Pan-15/dp/B000H82E2M/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7VHKOFEM3QWHISDG&creativeASIN=B000H82E2M Our Favorite Books- Gold Mining in the 21sy Century https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Mining-21st-Century-Procedures/dp/0963601504/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=FVDLLUGI2HVSHNPI&creativeASIN=0963601504 Fistful of Gold by Chris Ralph https://www.amazon.com/Fists-Full-Gold-Chris-Ralph/dp/0984269207/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=askjeffwillia-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=GVXJYLTGVFW5LIAV&creativeASIN=0984269207 If you would like a copy of our Book - " Where To Find Gold " Then click the link and make a $10 Pledge https://www.patreon.com/askJeffWilliams OTHER VIDEOS YOU MAY LIKE: RICH GOLD VEIN FOUND !!!! Epithermal Deposit. https://youtu.be/rpgJFpwuyhQ Sluice Box Set Up. https://youtu.be/ZeNEq70vYGE Biggest Clean Up in Youtube History. https://youtu.be/L-PiKPdvd7A GOLD in the SIDEWALKS of MANHATTAN. https://youtu.be/3RMHiKBcNyI THE GEOLOGY of GOLD !!! What Rocks and Minerals to look for. https://youtu.be/nv2rCm1OXlU How to Find Gold !!! In Rivers and Creeks. https://youtu.be/Z3em8j_v5YQ HOW to FIND GOLD with a BLACKLIGHT !!! https://youtu.be/IN4dft7zKWM ROCKS and GOLD !!!! Geology 101 https://youtu.be/-ukfqYfeBzc HOW TO FILE A MINING CLAIM !! Lode and Placer. https://youtu.be/T1f1K8N8T_c MINI JAW CRUSHER !!! For Gold Mining. https://youtu.be/cfMZdjhO6us GOLD FROM PYRITE !!!! How To Do It https://youtu.be/AfDKQus3qfE Secret Gold Mines https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-t2qnURbmg6MtLwSi868ZT7IM_WKU6ue So you know what I am gonna say huh....you better... So C'mon....Let's Go !!!!! #askjeffwilliams #howtofindgold
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There’s more to Australian mining – Rehab (30sec)
 
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There’s more to Australian mining. Australian mining companies understand land rehabilitation is part of responsible mining and recognise our responsibility as a temporary custodian of land. Mine rehabilitation is highly regulated, better implemented and more accountable than ever before. The industry’s approach to land rehabilitation has improved significantly over past decades, and we work to improve rehabilitation methods to ensure mining’s compatibility with current and future land uses such as farming. Find out more about the many examples of successful mine rehabilitation by Australian mining companies here: https://www.minerals.org.au/mine-rehabilitation-case-studies
An Unusual Gold Mine In Nevada
 
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In this video, I endeavor to spare you, my dear viewers, from having to make the long drive to the middle of nowhere in Nevada (along with the associated costs for fuel and damage to your vehicle on the rough road in). In addition, you are able to avoid the relatively long, hot hike up to this abandoned mine. And, of course, you are also spared from needing to spend any time underground in this sketchy abandoned mine as well. Now don’t get me wrong, we (usually) enjoy this sort of thing, but most probably would not… The mineral potential of this area was first recognized in the mid-1800s and a town and mill sprang up around the areas in the canyon that looked most promising very shortly thereafter. However, no one appears to have gotten rich here and (as with countless mining towns) everything slowly faded away, interspersed with only brief flurries of activity when new discoveries or economic conditions temporarily brought miners out into the hills again. There are surprisingly few records available on this specific mine. Although it is mentioned that work took place here in the 1930s, the only years that we could find production data for were for two years in the 1940s. This was primarily a gold mine, but some silver was extracted here as well. The official production figures were not terribly inspiring, but it seems that contemporary mining companies still poke around this site from time to time – even in those small, fractured stopes underground as could be seen from the surveyor’s flags... Although samples have been taken, to my knowledge, no modern exploratory work has been conducted. My exploring buddy on this trip was Mines of the West: https://www.youtube.com/user/GramVideos95 ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring Abandoned Mines: The Marigold Mine
 
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Yes, it IS possible to get to slightly more remote places in Nevada, but not to places that are MUCH more remote than this abandoned mine… Discovered in 1903, the majority of the work seen in the video apparently took place in the 1930s. Interestingly, it is also reported that the underground mining here was done by hand and without the assistance of machinery! It is not clear if this is because the mining operation was on a tight budget or not, but the miners certainly must have been in good shape to carve out the shafts, drifts and cross-cuts in that manner. The primary minerals extracted from this lode mine were gold and silver, but copper and lead were found here as well. The vein the miners were following was reported to be of “high-grade” quality. A bonus to this mine (aside from the underground time and the amazing views) are the abundance of wild burros and wild horses to be found in the area. We saw multiple small herds of burros on the way in (they were quite curious about us) and one small herd of wild horses. On the drive in, we also spotted a magnificent stallion standing on the ridge behind the mine, motionless and allowing the wind to wash over him. He was on a high point of the ridge, as if surveying his domain across the expanse below. He stood there, perfectly still, for almost an hour before we glanced up again and he was gone. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L If you like these videos on exploring abandoned mines, please subscribe! https://goo.gl/yjPxH1 Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, guess what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a hundred years, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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History of Cornish Mining - Holman's Test Mine Explored - Poldark Times
 
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Today I have been kindly invited to explore the Holman's test mine. Whilst I show you around the mine I will tell you a bit about the history of the rock drill and the famous Holman's Factory. Holmans was formed in 1801 by John Holman, then in 1881-The brothers John Henry and James Miners Holman, had taken over running the business from their father John. The Holman Brothers Test Mine - was originally developed to showcase and test Holman's rock drills and other equipment. Their earliest rock drills were put to the test here in 1882 and to commercial use in Cornish Tin mines and South Wales Coal mines, it marked the start of an era lasting until the 1990's. However it was a market the Brothers had to break into as rock drills by Doering had been in use in Cornish Mines since 1867. The invention of the first rock drill dates back to a patent in 1849 belonging to W.J Fowle of Boston USA, this was a steam driven drill that was an extension of the piston with rotation added. Early rock drills were waterless and the effect on miners health was catastrophic, silicosis cause through breathing the rock dust into the lungs lead many miners to an early grave, probably to a greater extent than their predecessors, these drills had the nickname of widow makers because drill operators at this time had a life expectancy of 4 years. It was not until the 1920's that water was introduced at the tip of the rock drill making it a lot safer to work with. Development of this type of drill led to a boom in the 1960's with the Holman Silver 303 as a sinker, stopper and air leg machines. The silver 303 was the drill I used while mining at Geevor on 18 Treglowns lode, I used the stoping variety and it was extremely fast at drilling granite and very accurate due to the built in air leg making narrow vein stoping a real art. During an 8 hour shift I would drill between 17 and 21 8 foot holes, then charge and blast them by means of electric detonators. We would still hold our breath whilst collaring the hole due to the dust but as soon as full power was on the dust would instantly die. Holmans Brothers factory was situated in Camborne near Tesco supermarket and at its height employed over 3000 people on 3 different sites, it shows the amount of wealth and work that mines from around the world can bring to an area . Camborne School of Mines now manage the test mine located south of Camborne, Students are able to learn how to drill charge and fire explosive rounds as well as learning how to survey the mine using both traditional and cutting-edge methods, such as using laser 3D scanning equipment. Being a granite mine with no lode makes it a safe environment for the next generation of future Cornish Cornish miners in an area almost certainly to prosper from current metal prices. Filmed 16th July 2013 with GoPro3 Hero Black Edition. Tags. cornish tin mining, mining, cornwall, tim mining, stoper,stoping, pasty,mining history, cornish history, hand drilling, drilling, blasting, holmans, holman, History of mining or mining history
Views: 3908 Gary Parrott
Exploring One Of The Biggest Abandoned Mines In Nevada: Part 3
 
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After following the drift we ended the last video with to its surprising conclusion, we started moving back toward the main hub of this enormous abandoned mine. Along the way, we explored many of the side passages and raises that were bypassed on the route in through the main haulage adit located in this part of the mine. Following the very long hike up and out of the mine, we set up our camp for the night (we spent all day underground in this mine) and then headed above the mine to see some of its more interesting features above ground. You’ll see that we explore some of the mine buildings, including one that has an amazing collection inside of it. Although I was curious about what was inside of the modern mine buildings we discovered, I also had a specific destination in mind. One of my exploring buddies – Adit Addicts – had spotted what appeared to be a steam shovel abandoned above the modern mine we explored in this video. I wanted to see this machine to confirm what it was and also to film it if it really did turn out to be a steam shovel. As with the mine itself, it was quite a hike up into the hills above it. Fortunately, I was able to find the machine (although the GPS took me on a terrible route to do so) and it was indeed a steam shovel. Sort of... It was a steam shovel at one time, but had actually been converted over to run on an internal combustion motor. I had never seen anything like that before and it was pretty amazing to see one out in the desert mountains still next to the pile of dirt it had been excavating decades ago. The modern abandoned mine featured in this video is definitely not the first mine in this area and when looking around above the mine, it was fairly common to see old collapsed adits and old surface mining work. Many of these seemed to be more exploratory in nature though. This area has historically been a large producer of ores containing lead, copper and silver and a thriving town was once supported by the mines. However, today, there is almost no trace left of the ghost town or an aerial tramway that also used to be here. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L If you like these videos on exploring abandoned mines, please subscribe! https://goo.gl/yjPxH1 Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, guess what? We have fun doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a hundred years, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 120081 TVR Exploring
Gold Mining On The Yuba River
 
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Gold Mining On The Yuba River The Ancient American River, Ancient Yuba River, Ancient Calaveras River, Ancient Mokelumne River, Ancient Tuolumne River, Ancient Magalia Channel, Ancient Intervolcanic Cateract Channel, Ancient Intervolcanic American River and the Ancient Jura River (from the Jurassic Period), are plotted in detail on Big Tens California Gold Map 5. The present-day rivers bearing the same names as their ancient rivers are also shown. The Ancient Rivers of Gold in northern California are from the Tertiary Period. The Tertiary rivers existed millions of years ago and many of them had large quantities of gold within their gravels. Because of that, they are known as the "Ancient Rivers of Gold." Each ancient river is discussed below. Information on this page is based on the classic work of Waldemar Lindgren of the United States Geological Survey and by study of Big Tens California Gold Map 5, which shows the relationship of the ancient rivers to landmarks, such as roads, creeks and towns in the region. These now-dry Tertiary rivers are thought to be a prime source of the gold found in many of the rivers and streams of the Mother Lode region of northern California. The ancient rivers are discontinuous and sometimes follow tortuous routes. They have been altered by volcanic activity, erosion, and in some instances portions of the rivers have been covered by lava. Much of the region underwent extreme volcanic eruptions. Volcanic flows have been found up to 4,000 feet deep. Volcanic flows were up to 60 miles in length. Portions of an ancient river may be found at ground level or near the top of a mountain, or on the side of a mountain, or buried. Early prospectors found portions of the ancient rivers and worked them for their rich gold content. Later, mining companies used hydraulic mining or drift mining techniques to recover the gold. In hydraulic mining, water under pressure is directed to, for example, the side of a ravine to dislodge the gravels and send the material to the sluices where the gold is recovered. The equipment that was used (called a "monitor" or "giant") was similar to a very large hose nozzle. Geologic reports speak of gravel deposits up to 250 feet deep with gold deposits interspersed at various levels within the gravels. Some of the gravels of the ancient rivers of gold have been cemented together over time. Smaller materials between the larger gravels have bound the larger gravels together. Drift mining is used in those instances to follow the channel underneath the volcanic covering. In drift mining, tunnels are driven in bedrock underneath the channels and when the channels are reached, the richest stratum, resting immediately on the bedrock, is extracted by underground mining methods and then washed at the mouth of the tunnel. Many miles of the ancient rivers are still un-worked and may be very rich in gold.
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Buca Della Vena Mine – Part 5: Breaking Out To The Sunset (Final)
 
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It was a pleasant surprise to discover all of those openings to the outside world at the top of the mine. Running across multiple open adits as we experienced at this mine is far less likely to happen in our Sierra Nevadas where most abandoned mines are eroded shut. However, one is more likely to have the abandoned mine gods smile upon them in Nevada where there are abundant mines and dry conditions. The lack of vegetation makes the mines much easier to spot and the lack of water makes the mines far less likely to be eroded shut. In the mountains, the biggest threat to abandoned mines is the water that causes them to cave and erode shut. Closely behind water, the Forest Service is the next biggest threat to abandoned mines in the mountains. In the desert, the biggest danger for historical abandoned mines is definitely the BLM, Forest Service, et al that are aggressively and purposefully destroying this part of our heritage for self-serving reasons. The second biggest threat to abandoned mines in the desert is probably geology itself. Adits and shafts that run through unstable ground invariably cave regardless of the presence of water or not. Of course, we have unstable ground in the mountains as well. This is often found inside of the underground placer mines since the sand and gravel in the ancient river channels does not support itself well once a cavity (in the form of an adit, stope or shaft) has been created. Those of you that have been with us for a while have seen plenty of examples of this (the Ruby Mine being perhaps the most memorable). I’m not sure how the miners accessed those upper portals or workings as I find it unlikely that they scrambled up the stopes as I did. However, those portals to the outside also seem unlikely as they were situated in an awkward position for access relative to the other workings and surface buildings we encountered. So, perhaps these were older workings? It is difficult to say. This series is now complete... I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed exploring and documenting it. As I said previously, this is the best abandoned mine I have ever explored. I would love to come across an abandoned mine that tops this one, but we have visited hundreds of abandoned mines now and this remains the best (so far). ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Interesting Discoveries At The Crown Point Gold Mine…
 
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As you may have gathered from the early parts of this video, one has to work a little to get to the end of the canyon where these historic mines are located. Aside from the great scenery, the upside in that, of course, is that these mines remain relatively undisturbed. Thus, it was our good fortune to be left with all of the oddities, uniqueness and curiosities we saw at this site. I wish that we were always so fortunate! The earliest records I could find on these historic mines dates back to claim paperwork from 1857. However, according to my research, the powerhouse and other buildings all seem to date back to the turn of the last century (pre-WWI). The powerhouse (that was turned into a bunkhouse) supplied electricity to the entire area. The remains of the solid bridge, the excellent rock terracing, the historic mining equipment and historical electrical equipment as well as the quality and extent of the buildings at the end of the canyon indicate that this was quite the prosperous hive of activity in the past. That is definitely the first time I have ever seen antique Pelton wheels at a mine… By the standards of the time, the miners here must have had a very high standard of living. Consider, the standard of living was higher then than now! They could have comfortably driven vehicles back there in the past and they, obviously, had abundant electricity. No electricity and no vehicles now… I suppose one still has the beautiful creek cascading into the canyon though. The old mine and mining camp across the river seemed like an idyllic spot and it certainly made us curious. Maybe one day we’ll get an invitation and can see more of it and learn more than the small amount of information I was able to uncover… I’m also very curious as to what we missed inside of the mine. The air flow in there was tremendous, which means there was a passage to the outside world somewhere. The area past the “gate ladders” was blocked and so the passage to the outside could only have been in the stope. However, I saw no sign of daylight while I was there. So, that would suggest that the stope ran farther back than I perceived at the time. It is disappointing to be that close to a goal, but to not be able to accomplish it. The second location we visited – the one with the black water in the flooded shaft – is on the same watershed as the first location, but is down a different canyon. I could locate no records on that mine and do not even know the name of it. The size of the waste rock pile and the presence of the stamp mill is evidence that it was a sizeable operation, but it must have been an early one given the lack of information about it. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Buca Della Vena Mine – Part 4: To The Top
 
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At the beginning of this video, once I had checked out the base of that massive room and pillar complex where the solitary ore cart was, I was operating under the assumption that I was almost finished exploring this massive abandoned mine. As you’ll see, that assumption could not have been more incorrect. Of course, that is actually how most assumptions tend to turn out, but we’ll not get off track here discussing life lessons... When I started the climb up, it had been my intention to simply show a different perspective from the top of that huge gallery of pillars in order to try and demonstrate just how massive it was. However, to my surprise, there was a lot more up at the top of the mine. With the amount of activity up there, I wonder why the miners did not just extend the cavern containing the gallery of pillars up more to include the workings they so extensively drifted through? Perhaps they were concerned about the structural integrity of the mountain by that point? But, couldn’t they have turned that whole gallery into one massive open stope? After all, the miners did actually reach the outside world at the top of the mountain. This is all speculation on my part and I am just a layperson. Perhaps one of the experienced miners or mining engineers in the audience can answer some of these questions? As mentioned in previous video descriptions, iron and barite were the primary minerals mined at Buca della Vena. Iron, as most everyone knows, is reddish in color and we can see that in abundance throughout the mine. Barite, however, is not a mineral I am familiar with. Perhaps those shades of blue we also see throughout the mine represent the barite? Can one of the geologists in the audience answer that question? I have smart viewers and I appreciate them frequently sharing their expertise for the benefit of the rest of us! ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
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Exploring the Abandoned Golden Star Mine (Part 1 of 3)
 
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In this video, we begin our exploration of a mid-sized tungsten mine called the Golden Star Mine. This mine was worked on several levels, though the main haulage level was by far the most extensive. The main adit is almost sealed shut so it's a good thing we got here when we did. The mine was operated primarily in the 1930's when over 30 men were employed at the mine. The ore was mined via shrinkage stoping methods and produced 50 tons of ore per day. The main level consists of an 800ft long cross-cut tunnel and several thousand feet of other drifts and cross-cuts. There are also several winzes descending down to unexplored levels. In upcoming videos, we'll see massive stopes, intricate timbering, and more! Stay tuned!
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Exploring Huge Abandoned Mill And Mine
 
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Those of you that like the urban exploration angle of this channel and those of you that have complained that I don’t visit enough abandoned mills will hopefully appreciate this one… I deliver both. This is actually the largest and most intact modern mill that I have ever come across. In the U.S., the modern mills I have come across that are still standing have had their contents completely stripped out and all that is really left is a shell of the building. That, obviously, is not the case here. The layout of the mill and how it all works may seem somewhat confusing in the first video, but it comes together more in the second video and we see how it all worked together. As I said in this video, I had to move on from the mill and come back to it later because the lads nearby that are producing aggregates from the waste rock of this mine fired up the rock crusher, which is extremely loud. So, I finish the mill in the second video. Modern work took place at the Santa Lucia Mine from 1943 to 1980, but it very much looked as if work took place here prior to then as well. As I mentioned in the video, barite, fluorite and galena were found in abundance here, but also linarite, sphalerite and chalcopyrite. This mix of minerals is apparently prized by some collectors. As with many mines, the precious minerals were concentrated here by hydrothermal processes. If you’re curious, check out the satellite view of this mine on Google Maps and you can see what I was working with as well as follow along where I explored. The GPS coordinates are: 39.443514, 8.463831 I have been very impressed by the Italian mines that I have visited. They don’t have the oppressive health and safety culture in Italy that promotes destroying abandoned sites and there doesn’t seem to be the culture of scrappers and “collectors” stripping sites of all objects of interest. I hate to say it, but in the U.S., a lot of that stuff would be gone. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 11687 TVR Exploring
Fascinating Visit To The “Rogue” Miner’s Gold Mine
 
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We were very fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to visit this historic site as it is certainly not open to the public... Aside from the colorful personality of Mr. Randy Yager, we were also treated to an extensive tour of a rich - and still producing - lode gold mine (And not a dull visit of the “stay behind the white lines” variety that would be found on the tourist circuit either). As viewers of this channel know, it is rare for us to encounter very much in the way of historical mining equipment and artifacts at an abandoned mine. Many abandoned mines have had much of their equipment and other treasures carted away by the miners themselves when the mine was abandoned. Over the following decades, “collectors” carry away pretty much everything else that can be lifted and hauled away… Not at this mine though! At this mine, we get to see what a functioning gold mine looks like – one that was a medium-sized, mine-to-mill operation several decades ago and that now might as well be a living museum from that era. The shower room/work shop/drill room/bunkhouse/compressor room and the mill could use a little paint and some duct tape before they would be in pristine condition again, but we can still see all of the equipment in them as it was when this mine was in full operation and see exactly how things worked back then. I love the underground time, but I found that “moment frozen in time” experience on the surface to be fascinating. You’ve got to think that they were still actively mining here up into the 1960s when gold was $35 an ounce and the miners were able to support themselves on that. So, consider the potential of this mine now if it were to be brought back up to maximum production! With the background noise and different people talking, it can be hard to hear him sometimes, but if you listen carefully, Randy provides a lot of information about this mine. I tried to include as much of him discussing the mine as I could, but I had almost two hours of video that needed to be whittled down to make it digestible for the short attention span of many (but certainly not all) YouTube viewers. It was interesting (to me at least) to hear that the miners had simply tunneled past badly caved sections in the mine rather than deal with the hassle of trying to rehab these sketchy sections. I wasn’t clear if the 3,000+ feet that the adit ran past the waste rock pile where Cory and I climbed up the raise was just caved in one section or if essentially all of it was caved. I believe it was one section, but I’m not certain of that. As you may have heard, aside from the thousands of feet that the main haulage adit kept running, there were also four levels above us in the haulage adit and several levels below us. So, this is a pretty extensive mine. I’d imagine there could be some pretty good stuff to see in these other sections. It would have been wonderful to spend a whole day here, but when you’re someone’s guest, you move at their pace. Thank you again, Cory and Randy, for this adventure. ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference. You can see the gear that I use for mine exploring here: https://bit.ly/2wqcBDD You can click here for my full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 20208 TVR Exploring
Operator Training | MineSAFE Standard Design, Airlock | ENGLISH
 
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The MineARC MineSAFE Standard Design (SD) refuge chamber is the world’s no.1 refuge in metalliferous and non-metal mines. MineARC’s MineSAFE SD represents the ‘Next Generation’ of mine refuge chambers, featuring the latest safe-refuge technology.
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A Deep Mine In The Nevada Desert – Part 2 of 2
 
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This abandoned mine has some of the best miner’s graffiti I have ever come across in our many mine explores... Although we see the aftermath of the miner’s work in these videos and often see the equipment they mined with, it isn’t often that we get an insight into the personalities and personal lives of the miners. However, this graffiti allows us to connect with them across time and distance. Many, if not all, of them are likely no longer in the land of the living. So, this allows us to see and to feel what once was… As you can see from the range of dates, mining took place here for a while. How about those very fully loaded ore chutes at the far end of the main adit? I could almost feel the pressure inside the adit of those tons of rocks straining the wood to its limits. It really seemed like those ore chutes could pop at almost any time. And, as you saw, my forward progress was blocked by the rubble that spilled into the adit from one of the chutes that failed. It made me wonder how much farther the drift continued past that collapsed ore chute? Did it perhaps connect to that deep cut we saw in the first video? The portal I examined at the end of the video (when I got back outside and climbed up to the top of the hill) appears to date from the same time as the first part of the mine we explored (the deep cut in the first video) or the incline my exploring buddy located near the remains of those stone buildings (also in the first video in this series). ***** All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 31452 TVR Exploring
Fantastically Preserved Old Mine Out In The Desert
 
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It is a rare treat to come across an abandoned mine that is preserved as well as this one. Taking the age of this mine into account, having the mining equipment still in working order, having all of those tools still around, still being able to read the paperwork left inside the mine – that’s pretty extraordinary stuff when compared to most abandoned mines (and we’ve been to quite a lot of them now). We primarily have the dry desert conditions to thank for the mine being in this state as well as the fact that it is exceedingly difficult to get to it (However, I also think that not many people know about this particular abandoned mine). There are no roads to this mine – only the remains of a mule trail, which is now very faint. So, think about the fact that EVERYTHING you see at this site was hauled in on foot by men or mules. That’s impressive considering the amount of rail and some of the heavy equipment at this mining operation. I love sites like this because they give such a great insight into how the miners lived in the past. Based on the artifacts at this site, for example, we know what the miners read, what they ate, where they washed their hands, where they slept at night, etc. It is not difficult at all to imagine what day-to-day life was like for the crew of miners that worked here. A few questions I had… I would be very curious to know what the other building next to the intact miner’s cabin that we explored was (the building that had tumbled down the wash). We found artifacts quite a way down that wash, but nothing that gave us an insight into what that particular building was. Given the other bedframe present at the site, it might have just been another place to sleep. Hard to imagine miners sharing a bed and there was just one bed in the cabin we explored! Also, I would be curious to know where the stamp mill was and how large it was. It seems that a fair amount of it may have been buried from the waste rock pile shifting. Lastly, I would love to know more about that caved adit across from the miner’s cabin. Was that the original adit at this site? How far back did it go? As I said at the introduction to this video, credit for locating this mine goes to my exploring buddy, Adit Addicts, whose YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXOU8aR7o50X6q2wQ0wbCQ All of these videos are uploaded in HD, so adjust those settings to ramp up the quality! It really does make a difference… You can click here for the full playlist of abandoned mines: https://goo.gl/TEKq9L Thanks for watching! ***** Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well. These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born. So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures! #ExploringAbandonedMines #MineExploring #AbandonedMines #UndergroundMineExploring
Views: 43256 TVR Exploring
Amazing High Grade Au, Ag, Cu Quartz Vein & An Incline Mineshaft!
 
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New high grade samples taken from a recent amazing gold, silver and copper mineral vein in quartz. And sampling an incline mineshaft and mine dump! Hope everyone enjoyed the video on finding gold, mineral specimens, mineral exploration and gold mining in British Columbia, Canada. This video was made possible by our patrons support! Thank you to our patrons! Here is the link: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/911mining Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/911mining Website: https://www.911mining.com Business Inquiries: [email protected] Thank you and happy gold mining! 911 Mining & Prospecting Co