• Short Summary

    Engineers and miners are sinking exploratory mining shafts at WIDGIEMOOLTHA (pronounced wig-ee-mool-ta. oo as in?

  • Description

    1.
    LS shaft head frame, zoon in
    6 ft

    2.
    CU frame, pan to top
    11 ft

    3.
    Earth Mover MS
    14 ft

    4.
    MS head frame. drill in foreground
    15 ft

    5.
    Man works diamond drill
    16 1/2 ft

    6.
    CU drill
    17 ft

    7.
    Man classifies core samples
    22 ft

    8.
    CU information recorded
    23 1/2 ft

    9.
    CU sample
    24 1/2 ft

    10.
    CU hoist brings out waste
    28 ft

    11.
    Miner drills in shaft
    31 ft

    12.
    CU drill
    33 ft

    13.
    CU two miners operate drill
    38 ft

    14.
    CU miner
    41 ft

    15.
    CU miners working
    42 ft

    16.
    CU drill handle, hose join
    44 ft

    17.
    Miners out of shaft on hoist
    49 ft

    18.
    CU miners
    51 ft

    19.
    CU pan head frame of shaft
    58 ft

    20.
    MS head frame of shaft/GV
    63 1/2 ft



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    Background: Engineers and miners are sinking exploratory mining shafts at WIDGIEMOOLTHA (pronounced wig-ee-mool-ta. oo as in moon) near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It is the latest move int eh Australian mining boom -- and the potential for nickel development is said to be promising.

    In a joint announcement International Nickel Australia Ltd. and the Broken Hill Proprietary Company stated that several nickel sulphide showings had been located and that shafts would be sunk to evaluate potential.

    As part of the investigation in the area a program of diamond drilling is being undertaken. Several hundred tests have ben made and the core samples from these are first identified then sent to Kalgoorlie for further laboratory trials.

    With the completion of the head frame and associated equipment, the first load of waste was hauled from the shaft.

    Miners are working in two shifts in the shaft, which will eventually reach a depth of 1000 feet. From the shaft, horizontal workings will e driven into the mineral zones to check the continuity and nickel content of the mineralisation. Samples will be obtained for mill and metallurgical testing.

    Because the rock is weathered and faulted, the first 200 feet of the drill is hard going. At the end of each shift miners come to the surface to fire charges set below. The next shift removes the blasted rock.

    Apart from information about possible nickel deposits, the shaft is also expected to increase knowledge of the geological formation in this desolate outback area. The district was combed formerly for gold by early prospectors who had only picks and shovels.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9OGCU5WO6LP1IJBB59JL0VWT9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OGCU5WO6LP1IJBB59JL0VWT9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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