Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gemfields Kagem Emerald Mine

The Kagem emerald mine is the world’s single largest producer of emeralds and accounts for approximately 20% of global emerald production.

It covers an area of approximately 41 square kilometres and is located in the central part of the Ndola Rural Emerald Restricted Area, in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.
In 2004 Gemfields Resources PLC started systematic exploration south of the Ndola River, and made some important discoveries. Mining began in 2005. By 2007, Gemfields had acquired 100 percent ownership of two mines in the area.

In June 2008, Gemfields formed a collaboration with the Zambian government, establishing a 75/25 ownership split of the Kagem emerald mine.

Miners chisel the reaction zone rock to recover any emeralds it might contain.
Security and supervisory staff are always present during hand-chiseling of the exposed contact zone to recover the emeralds. This not only helps to secure the emeralds from theft but also helps to provide complete transparency of recovery.

Any production found goes into a locked production box.
Kagem is primarily an open-pit mine. Gemfields uses a strip-and-fill method to mine its deposits. A pushback occurs when they move the highwall of the pit farther back to continue exploiting the deposit.

The mine is expected to have another 25 years of life.
Once ore is transported to the washing plant, it follows a process that is typical of coloured gemstone mining operations. Screens are used to break down the material by size and then washers remove the silt to expose the potential emerald-bearing schist for hand pickers to examine.
Production capacity of the open-pit mine is around 8,000 tons of ore a month.

Cobbing removes highly included areas from the emerald rough.

Size classification is important since small stones are often less included than larger ones.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Rye Patch Gold Corp. - RPM.v

Rye Patch Gold Corp. - RPM.v is focused on the Florida Canyon mine in Nevada

On April 13, 2017 the company released News
Rye Patch Gold Corp. (TSX.V: RPM; OTCQX: RPMGF; FWB: 5TN) (the “Company” or “Rye Patch”) announced today that it has engaged SRC Swiss Resource Capital AG (“SRC”) to provide investor relations and corporate communications for the Company. SRC is a Switzerland-based company which provides value for its clients through clear and concise delivery of information pertaining to the precious metals and resource sector.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bizarre Animals

Sandhopper. The British Antarctic Survey ventured into the depths of the Southern Ocean. The sandhopper is a usually tiny amphipod. Sandhoppers have grown enormously to fill in the place of crabs in the ecosystem.

Jumping Spider. Discovered by Conservation International in Papua New Guinea in 2009.
Pea Sized Frog. Found in August 2010, the Microhyla nepenthicola frog was discovered in a pitcher plant on Borneo. At first, scientists assumed they were looking at young frogs, but soon concluded that even the largest of the adult males fail to reach more than half an inch in length.

Crystal Frog. Found in the jungle of Ecuador this crystal frog has skin so translucent, you can see its heart beating through its tiny chest.
Ice Fish. No red blood cells course through the veins of this fish. Instead, it has antifreeze.

A Tiny Titi Monkey. Researchers say that as soon as it was discovered, it was considered endangered. Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon is rampant, and this monkey lives in the forest.
Gastric Brooding Frog. Last seen in 1985, scientists are searching for evidence of this gastric brooding frog in Australia. Frogs were found to raise its young in a truly bizarre manner: Females swallow the eggs, and alter the chemistry of their stomachs so that tadpoles can develop in the absence of acidic digestive juices. Then they give birth through their mouths.

Ugly Salamander. The name says it all for these salamanders from Ecuador.

The saiga is a critically endangered antelope that inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. Its strange nose is extremely flexible and helps to filter out dust kicked up by the migrating herd.

Batfish are found in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. The fish have learned to walk the ocean floor on their fins.

Chinese Water Deer have earned the nickname “Vampire Deer” for their prominent tusks.

Enypniastes is a deep sea cucumber which lives at depths of up to 16,400 feet. The red area is the animal’s mouth.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec. Found only in the rainforests of Madagascar.

Sarcastic Fringehead.

The Gobi Jerboa is a species of rodents found in China and Mongolia.
The barreleye, found at depths of 2000 feet in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, is most notable for its transparent head.

The mantis shrimp.

The Panda Ant is actually a type of wingless wasp from South America.