|One day it was warm, the next it was |
freezing - isn't Wyoming great!
|Exploring the 2 million ounce+ gold-copper deposit|
at the Copper King mine, Silver Crown district near
Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2012. This area has very
good gold potential along with possible nearby
Every time I think of politicians - I laugh (or cry). From the President to the city manager: they are all in some body's pockets, or know Chinese investors on a first name basis, or who knows what else - makes one wonder if Darwin was right. Personally, I think Darwin had it all wrong. If he were right, how could those who are least likely to survive run our government. Something is wrong with this scenario.
If automated lie detectors (ALD) were attached to our TV sets to detect lies by politicians, our TVs would fry every time a president made a speech, or the president's press secretary briefed us on another scandal. I didn't like Bush and I don't like Obama. When Obama leaves office, he will have a new skill as a professional golfer. If any politician ever told the truth, we would declare a national holiday.
|Gold King mine in California in 2012. This was a nifty gold mine.|
While Obama was out golfing, I was thinking last night after talking to a friend (a golfer) who noted that golfing takes an entire day, how many working days does 100 equal? If we assume a 5 day work week, Obama spent 5 months of his presidency golfing (and who knows how much more time on vacation). This means, 12% of his presidency has been devoted to golfing while the rest of us are losing savings, homes and getting ready to be strangled by obamacare. Think obamacare is good? Well how come every friend of obama has received a waiver and no congressman or senator will be under obamacare. So, if obamacare is so good how come nancy pelosi and harry reid are not signing up for this fabulous obamacare? We should all march on Washington and require all of these political scumbags to sign on to obamacare.
Remember Al Gore (or cousin Al as we called him in Laramie) talk about Global Warming, I wished I could have attached that ALD to his ear lobes and watched the TV melt at the Cowboy Bar. Here's a question? What is longer than Nancy Pelosi's nose? That's easy - Harry Reid's nose! I'm no fan of Bush either, other than I miss all of the Bushisms.
|Sign displayed in Tombstone, AZ|
Let's look at our natural resources. Not so long ago, we were running out of oil. But as soon as geologists have money in their pockets, plenty of natural resources are found. It's because we have barely touched our natural resources in the US let alone the world. Take a look at oil and gas - we needed some, so geologists went out and found new deposits in recent years. We now have enough to keep us occupied for centuries without having to import anything from the Saudis. But we still do import. Why? Because government leaders (remember those used car salesmen?) are getting rich by kowtowing to the Saudis and Chinese at our expense.
COPPER MINE on Interstate - 60
How about copper? Well, every time we turn our backs, someone finds another major copper deposit in Arizona. Thought they were all found? No way! Not even close. I liked telling my students that for every deposit found on the surface, there are likely 20 blind deposits hidden at depth from our view. But who knows, this could be 100 or even a 1,000. All we need is the incentive to search for these not so easy to find deposits. Just last year, my wife and I visited the Resolution copper mine on the edge of the town of Superior Arizona. This is a giant copper-molybdenum with by-product gold and silver deposit.
|Standing on the Resolution mine dump looking|
at I-60 and all of the rare and unique land.
Not too long ago, someone found a giant of a giant copper deposit in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It so big, that if it were ever mined, we could provide electric lighting for the entire solar system. But instead, it will likely be made into wilderness now that it's been discovered. Why does our government keep doing this to us? What are they saving all of these mineral deposits for? Personally, I think we should send all of our politicians on a luxury liner to China or Saudi Arabia, and fill it completed from top to bottom with copper and see how well it will float.
How big is it? Well, its every bit as big as the Bingham mine in Utah (and then some). In 2008, it was estimated (based on limited drilling) that this deposit has 31 million ounces of gold (the great Homestake mine produced only 40 million ounces over a span of a hundred years - and it was just a gold deposit with a little silver). It also has a minimum of 265 million pounds of molybdenum (that stuff that is necessary for making steel) and a minimum of 18.8 billion pounds of copper! That is 18,800,000,000 pounds. Now this does not include all of the by-product metals (silver, rhenium, palladium, zinc).
OTHER MINES ALONG THE ROAD
We were on our way to visit the United Verde and United Verde Extension Mines in the town of Jerome right adjacent to Highway 89A. This deposit was all mined out and closed in 1953. Or was it? Well, ask anyone - it is all mined out! Well, not really.
During its heyday, it produced more than 33 million tons of ore from the open pit operation (see below) and more than 81 miles (>427,000 feet) of tunnels and shafts. The ore would be worth more than $14.8 billion at 2012 prices for copper, gold, silver and zinc. And of course, the old miners found everything! Or did they?
|United Verde mine - all mined out (?) at Jerome, Arizona.|
|Bisbee mine - so close to highway 80, you can|
see the bottom of the open pit as you drive by
Then there is Bisbee. Highway 80 runs so close to the Lavendar Open Pit mine, if you are not careful, you could actually drive into the old mine.
In an upcoming blog, I will tell you about hundreds of diamond pipes found along the interstate and US highways, giant opal deposits next to highways, gem labradorite found in road bed material and more.