Metal, metal everywhere

Metal, metal everywhere Miners like metal-bearing ground, and the higher the concentration of metal, the better they like it. A couple of ounces of gold per ton is considered rich. Likewise, a couple of pounds of copper. Miners scour the Yukon wildernes

Miners like metal-bearing ground, and the higher the concentration of metal, the better they like it.

A couple of ounces of gold per ton is considered rich. Likewise, a couple of pounds of copper. Miners scour the Yukon wilderness searching for such measly concentrations while there are thousands of sites all over the world where seams of metal can be measured in hundreds of pounds per ton.

In some cases it’s a ton per ton – pure metal. These sites have easy road access and they are near to cities and towns. As far as I know, there are no claims yet staked over this extremely rich paydirt. There is a lot of iron, massive quantities of aluminum, huge amounts of copper, plus tin, gold, platinum, palladium and much more.

These sites are called landfills. They contain the accumulation of a century of profligate waste by our society.

Here’s another idea. Take a walk up Burwash Creek and you’ll find heaps of metal left behind by miners – abandoned heavy equipment and junk. Again, pure metal.

Why not go and retrieve the easy stuff before spending millions of dollars digging up the Peel and other watersheds. In fact, you can start by mining my yard. I’m looking out my window right now at several tons – a couple of old cars and a defunct tractor. Yours for the taking.

Roy Ness

Whitehorse