As the price of gold continues to fluctuate on world money markets, hundreds of old gold mines are being re-activated in the hopes of cashing in on the boom.
As the price of gold continues to fluctuate on world money markets, hundreds of old gold mines are being re-activated in the hopes of cashing in on the boom. One such mine is in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. It was first opened in 1887, and now it's undergoing a rejuvenation in the hopes that it will lead to new finds of that precious metal.
SYNOPSIS: In the 1880's hundreds of prospectors arrived in Snowdonia looking for gold. The hunt went on for about thirty years.
By then most of the Welsh mines had closed down and the valleys, once busy, returned to farming.
But now the price of gold means, that in some cases, it's worth reopening mines in the hopes of finding what the oldtimers might have missed. At the turn of the century the Clogau (CLOG - I) mine employed two hundred and fifty men. today about seventy work here, burrowing into a hillside that produced the gold for the wedding rings of the Queen and Princess Anne.
In the mines of South Africa one ounce of gold in a ton of rock is considered acceptable. In Wales so?? recent samples have contained five hundred and fifty five ounces in a ton! Much of the old equipment for the earlier excavations is being re-used. The rusted trams for carrying the ore, the track, a crusher, and the outbuildings. Miner Jack Williams explained why the mines have been reopened.