precious metals and jewels? (I wish I could remember the exact
statistic I read awhile back about how much earth had to be moved
in order to extract one ounce of platium, but I believe it was
something like 500,000 tons . . .?) I don't think we are treading
very lightly on this earth!
I think a good platinum yield will be in low units of grams per ton.
So if you’re getting 2 grams per ton, then you’re talking 15 tons to
get an ounce. Nobody would ever move 500,000 tons to get an ounce of
platinum at today’s prices.
Anyway, the work done in precious metal and gem mines is really
concentrated to ore bearing bodies which are few and far between. If
you want to look at damage, look at coal mining, or logging, or worse
yet, try walking a “deserted” beach.
But the mother of all environmental killers is definitely farming.
Whenever I fly and look at the farms, from horizon to horizon in all
directions, and think of the forests and natural flora that have been
wiped out to feed us, and the amount of chemicals being distributed
onto that land, I really feel ill. Not that I have a solution for
that, we have to eat.
But in perspective, mining for gold and gems is nothing. Just think
of all the food stores in all the towns of the world, when you think
of the gem shows, and hopefully that will put things in perspective