Whenever we hear of Mining – What we have is a profession that is Tainted in Black. Not only due to the type of work that it encompasses within but also for the Corruption that has swept within. The highly paid and highly risky profession brings with it mis-management because of the powers being vested into wrong hands. I am not of the view that every one is corrupt but staunch believer of the fact that the process through which Mining Industry is ran by the Governments of Developed to Developing Nations is full of loop-holes which can be easily negotiated. The Black Money got its name from this Industry owing to all these things
But enough of this….Recently we hear these things very much in the news and everywhere. Tracing it’s past Mining was one of the major reason for the development and evolution of Mankind. I am writing to present you one such instance.
We all have heard of the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco- The Rich West Coast of the World’s Most Powerful Nation – The United States Of America.California came into existence because of Gold Rush. Gold Rush was an extravagant unscientific drive of slaughter mining in which Gold was mined in the 1850’s. California was a part of Mexican territory though it had been occupied by the U.S. in the Mexican-American War. The area was ceded to the U.S. in the treaty of Guadalepe Hidalgo on Febraury 2 1848 less than 2 weeks after the discovery of Gold.
All this on account of Mining causing first the capture and then the formation of California.
Samuel Brannan holds the title of being the 1st Millionaire of that time owing to Gold Mining activity near Sacramento( Present Capital of California). Sam Brannan was a news paper publisher but soon transformed into an industrialist and real – estate holder to grab the opportunity of benefitting from the Mining Activity. The collection of Gold was done using Mercury which was no less than a magic trick in those times as Gold particles formed globules when dipped in Mercury. Reason behind this was the formation of Hg-Au Amalgam. Almost 150,000 people went towards West during those times but only 5% of them succeeded in reaping benefits from Gold Rush.
Thus it never matters how much we curse Miners, the bureaucrats behind the loopy and tangible processes…
Mining stands tall and Mining is the sole cause of the evolution of Industries.