One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Today you will get a unique opportunity to see the gold mining process with the eyes of a seasonable laborer.

One Gold-Mining Story

The pictures below are made by the laborers of a gold-mining artel located in Yakutia in 2008 and reveal the entire process of the gold-mining technology.

One Gold-Mining Story

An area with the size equal to a football field is first cleaned from the leaves.

One Gold-Mining Story

The upper soil part containing no gold in it is removed with the help of a walking excavator.

One Gold-Mining Story

The gold-bearing layer is leveled with wheel  dozers.

One Gold-Mining Story

Due to the eternal frost, the layer has never been warmed up and consists of sand and stones.

One Gold-Mining Story

The soil is warmed up. Tubes are installed 4 meters deep. Hot vapor is shifted downwards along the tubes.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Dam formation.

One Gold-Mining Story

The spot is filled with water, and a dredge is shifted to the spot.

One Gold-Mining Story

Gold is washed off with the help of a dredge or a special aggregate the working principle of which resembles that of a ladder-type trenching machine.

One Gold-Mining Story

The machine is used in placer production and removal of valuable minerals out of the placers.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

The dredge elevates the gold-bearing layer.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

The layer will be crushed, washed and screened.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Large nuggets are not found in the region.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Some objects end with formation of golden bars.

One Gold-Mining Story

Gold is obtained at mines.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Stop! Dumpster at work!

One Gold-Mining Story

The season of gold mining lasts from March till November. In winter the area is covered with ice.

One Gold-Mining Story

Repairs continue till June. This year one of dredges was reconstructed. Thanks to the repairs it was possible to see the inside of the dredge which can never be done at regular time because of safety reasons.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

 

One Gold-Mining Story

Around 20 people work at the mine. In winter they live in a small village nearby waiting for the season to begin.

One Gold-Mining Story

There is no such a thing as age limit, anybody is allowed to work.

One Gold-Mining Story

Aboriginal inhabitant are the first to be offered the job.

One Gold-Mining Story

A working day lasts 12 hours. Besides, they also have a break for lunch and tea breaks every two hours.

One Gold-Mining Story

The welder is always busy with repairs.

One Gold-Mining Story

Traditional contests of workers take place from time to time.

One Gold-Mining Story

Their salaries are not very high but what they like is stability. The salary is fixed and includes bonus depending on the amount of work done.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Bald mountains of the northern Yakutia.

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

How do you like the butterflies?

One Gold-Mining Story

One Gold-Mining Story

Gifts of nature.

One Gold-Mining Story

September. The working season is almost over.

Location: Yakutia

via mishakiselev

10 thoughts on “One Gold-Mining Story”

  1. Excellent article.Which area is this located in or what part of Russia? I don’t think I will travel there to get a few flakes of gold dust.I’m just curious.This is another great article in a list of many that are posted on this site.

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  2. I prospect for gold here, and it’s hard dirty work. And the only people that make the money, are the ones at the top. I do it for fun mostly though.

    If you REALLY want gold, figure out a way to extract it from sea water. TONS of gold locked up in sea water. Just google that one.

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