4 Where Gold Comes From, Part II

Where Gold Comes From, Part II

Posted on February 5, 2013 by team


Last time we started to tell you how gold is mined in the Akmola region of  Kazakhstan. This time we are going to show how the precious metal is mined in East Kazakhstan by another company and what is needed to get a gold bar with weight of twelve kilograms (26.45 pounds).

As opposed to the place we described last time, here gold is mined underground. The mine was opened in 1786 and gave a name to a small town where miners’ families have already been living for the second century.

According to locals, miners are always easy to recognize – they are terse, straightforward and gloomy. That’s how their profession influences them. Every day a miner stays for hours underground holding a hammer weighing 50 kilograms (110 pounds) in his hands.

It’s not the place for weak people. This work is very hard. Miners’ salaries depend on their skills – from 150 to 280 thousand tenges (1000 – 1900 US dollars).

The mine extracts 2 million 150 thousand tons of ore annually. Normally two grams of gold are found in a ton of ore. The main products of the mine are lead-zinc ore, copper ore, lead-zinc ore with a high content of gold.

Nearby is a dressing mill. Firstly ore is classified and grinded, then it undergoes processes of gravitaion and floatation.

After grinding the ore comes to jigs where the process of gravitation begins.

Classification goes before floatation.

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4 Responses to “Where Gold Comes From, Part II”

  1. Frank says:

    There is less gold per person on the planet than any other time in history

    • Fred Johnson says:

      The amount of gold on the planet has not changed since it was formed.
      You just have more people per/unit of gold.

  2. Pierre Pharand says:

    If you’re interested, there is now a television show on the History Channel called Yukon Gold. It shows how some surface miners go about mining gold in Canada’s North.

    Pretty interesting.

  3. Pedro says:

    would love to see the platinum

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