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  1. Great Video, I use this for my middle school class after we complete a simple seperation of salt and pepper to show students' real authentic applications.

  2. @mphello Exactly, the process involved makes silver much form valuable. Silver been criminally undervalued for so many corporate, banking & military crimes against humanity & the environment. This just can't continue & seeing how it's mined truly makes you realize what a bargain it still is.

  3. @mphello American dollars for example are not printed on paper at all, cellulose in dollars comes from cotton. That is one.

    And two, if it would really come to us cutting the last tree on the planet then value of money would be the very last thing to worry about.

    Keep tryint to legalize marijuana, though. I am sure you will achieve so much by calling politicians "assholes" and "morons"… – that is sarcasm btw. I just feel I have to explain it or you would not be able to grasp it.

  4. Our latest educational episode of the Silver Series is live. This one is entitled "The Value of Silver", and it looks at how and why silver is used as money. Find it on our channel page.

  5. what happens to the cyanide? Do they recover it for reuse or does it just seep into the ground water and they forget about it?

  6. @pdxeddie1111 Im just wondering because im fairly sure they recover it but what I'm curious about with the process that it takes even for copper miners to recover silver is how they can do it for so cheap? Some even claim as cheap as $5 an ounce and I find almost unbelievable. If way more expensive to mine than they say then it stands to reason silver is still cheap at its current price even though it only looks expensive

  7. @pdxeddie1111 Most of the cyanide is recovered through a process then reused. Some cyanide is present in the tailings pond. Most people don't know that once cyanide hits oxygen and sunlight it breaks down.

  8. I know this is a changing number, based on many factors not least of which is the cost of hydrocarbon fuel,….but….

    How much does it cost to produce one ounce of silver from this mine??

    (PS. Truly an amazing video, thanks for all the effort that went into it)

  9. @TheTrueJBV3737 Well, True, that's probably a true assessment. But, with demand for physical silver in the market, at some point that game is gonna end….hard. Yep, I'm a silver stacker too.

  10. @edrsilver It also emmits large volumes of CNH (wich is pretty hard to breakdown) into the atmosphere, its effects unknown. Also, that "breakdown" still precipitates heavy metals into the bottom of the tailings pond, and they have a documented tendency to infiltrate to underground waters. Another important fact is that after decades, the water still has over 10 mg/lt of cyanide ion, while standards for waste waters have a maximum of 2mg/lt for human consumption, and 0.05 for water ecosystems

  11. @svankensen That not even considering the unknown effects of cyanometallic compunds, or the solid wastes, wich are highly alkaline. Still, im glad you use vat leaching, its much cleaner than heap leaching, but really, the ridiculous prices that silver is reaching allow for much cleaner production, cyanide leaching has been around for decades and has a constant history of industrial accidents.

    Waiting for a reply Felipe Suárez

    PS:Sorry for any misspellings, english it's not my native language.

  12. This is effing fascinating! Thanks for producing and uploading these videos. They are the best on the subject I've ever seen, and very informative.

  13. the process of producing silver is just insane! how did the ancients ever produce silver when it's this complicated to produce this stuff?

  14. Interesting how the post-cyanide-leaching extraction process differs from that of gold……..(use of zinc dust and filters under pressure)

  15. well gold is like 1.3lb per metric ton of ore on average approx. that what i heard so silver is probably a very small ratio per tonnage. if thats any help… they use a similar extraction process for gold not so sure why silver extraction is more complex then gold .

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