Monday, January 23, 2017

Southern Silver Exploration Corp. - SSV.v

Southern Silver Exploration Corp. - SSV.v is advancing the flagship Cerro Las Minitas silver-lead-zinc property located in Durango State, Mexico.

In March 2016 the company released an initial 43-101 resource for the Cerro Las Minitas project of 10.8Mozs Ag, 189Mlbs Pb and 207Mlbs Zn (36.5Mozs AgEq) Indicated.

On January 19, 2016 the company released News

Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported today assay results from the Fall 2016 core drilling on the Cerro Las Minitas project, Durango State, Mexico which identified a thick interval of semi-massive and massive sulphide mineralization in drill hole 16CLM-091. Highlights from 16CLM-091 include: •a 15.1m down hole interval (14.8m est. True Thickness) averaging 39.4g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb and 10.2% Zn (410.7g/t AgEq; 11.6% ZnEq) including a higher grade 4.8m interval (4.7m est. TT) averaging 38.7g/t Ag, 0.12% Cu, 0.1% Pb and 23.2% Zn (877g/t AgEq; 24.8% ZnEq)







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ammolite

Ammolite is an opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral that makes up nacreous pearls.

It is one of the few biogenic gemstones; others include amber, pearl and coral.
The ammonites that form ammolite inhabited a prehistoric, inland subtropical sea that bordered the Rocky Mountains. This area is known today as the Cretaceous or Western Interior Seaway. As the seas receded, the ammonites were buried by layers of bentonite sediment.

This sediment preserved the aragonite of their shelled remains, preventing it from converting to calcite.
An iridescent opal-like play of colour is shown in fine specimens, mostly in shades of green and red; all the spectral colors are possible, however.

Iridescence is due to the microstructure of the aragonite: unlike most other gems, whose colors come from light absorption, the iridescent color of ammolite comes from interference with the light that rebounds from stacked layers of thin platelets that make up the aragonite.
The thicker the layers, the more reds and greens are produced; the thinner the layers, the more blues and violets.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Debswana installs full body x-ray machines

Despite concerns about possible health implications, Debswana has installed full body x-ray machines at its mines to try to prevent diamond thefts.

The issue has caused disagreement between Debswana and the Botswana Mine Workers Union, which believes that not only are the Scannex Full Body search x-ray machines potentially hazardous, but that there are already adequate diamond security measures in place.

The BMWU says the machines will expose workers to ionizing radiation. Debswana has countered that the installation of the machines will improve diamond security and will also eliminate the need for body searches.

Debswana claims that there had been occasions when stones from diamond mining fields in neighboring countries were found in mining operations in Botswana.

It is thought criminal syndicates schemed with some Debswana employees to substitute high-value diamonds mined in the Botswana operations with “low-value” diamonds from countries such as Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Mandalay Resources - MND.t

Mandalay Resources - MND.t produced 145,497 au/eq from its Costerfield, Cerro Bayo, and Björkdal mines in 2016.

In Q4 2016, the Company produced a total of 21,264 ounces gold, 792 tonnes antimony and 365,214 ounces silver, representing a total of 31,293 ounces of gold equivalent.
On January 16, 2016 the company released News

Mandalay Resources Corporation ("Mandalay" or the "Company") (TSX: MND) announced today its production and sales results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Mandalay produced a consolidated 31,293 saleable ounces of gold equivalent and sold 29,399 ounces of gold equivalent.