Mining solution

In my last blog, “That danged blue stuff” I told you a bit about the silver found near Virginia City, Nevada. Well, mining silver and mining gold are two different things. Gold is found in hard Quartz, and relatively near the surface, whereas silver is in soft ore, deep underground, and large quantities of ore must be taken out, creating large “caverns”. So cave-ins were very frequent. and many lost their lives. It was a man named Philip Deidesheimer who came up with the solution. Copying Bee cells, he designed small wooden structures stacked on top of each other, thus they could be roofed and floored and so protect the miners.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s