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Everything You Need to Know on Carlin-Type Gold Deposits



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Carlin-Type Gold Deposits: Everything You Need to Know

Nevada is one of the world’s most productive gold-mining regions, and it’s the high-grade Carlin-type gold deposits (CTGDs) that put the Silver State on the gold mining map.

Carlin-type gold deposits contain “invisible” or microscopic particles of gold that are deposited within a mineral called pyrite in sedimentary rocks. Needless to say, these deposits are named after the discovery of the Carlin Gold Deposit in 1961, which was the first of its kind.

Today, Carlin-type deposits make up the bulk of Nevada’s gold production. This infographic from our sponsor Nevada Exploration details everything you need to know about CTGDs.

The Building Blocks of Carlin-Type Gold Deposits

Nevada’s CTGDs contain 255 million ounces of gold, representing one of only six gold belts of this size in the world. Furthermore, 84% or 214 million ounces of Nevada’s CTGD gold is concentrated in just three camps:

  • Carlin camp: 118 million ounces
  • Cortez camp: 50 million ounces
  • Getchell camp: 46 million ounces

So, just how are these massive deposits of invisible gold formed?

Building Block #1:

Structures

The rocks that host CTGDs are typically found close to major geological structures in the Earth’s crust. These structures include:

  • Faults: A fracture or a zone of fracture between two rocks.
  • Thrust faults: A fault across which older rocks are pushed above younger rocks.
  • Folds: A wave-like structure that forms when rocks deform by bending.

These fractured zones (Read more...)

Visualizing the Global Silver Supply Chain



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Visualizing the Global Silver Supply Chain

Although silver is widely known as a precious metal, its industrial uses accounted for more than 50% of silver demand in 2020.

From jewelry to electronics, various industries utilize silver’s high conductivity, aesthetic appeal, and other properties in different ways. With the adoption of electric vehicles, 5G networks, and solar panels, the world is embracing more technologies that rely on silver.

But behind all this silver are the companies that mine and refine the precious metal before it reaches other industries.

The above infographic from Blackrock Silver outlines silver’s global supply chain and brings the future of silver supply into the spotlight.

The Top 20 Countries for Silver Mining

Although silver miners operate in many countries across the globe, the majority of silver comes from a few regions.

RankCountry2020 Production (million ounces)% of Total
1Mexico ??178.122.7%
2Peru ??109.714.0%
3China ??108.613.8%
4Chile ??47.46.0%
5Australia ??43.85.6%
6Russia ??42.55.4%
7Poland ??39.45.0%
8United States ??31.74.0%
9Bolivia ??29.93.8%
10Argentina ??22.92.9%
11India ??21.62.8%
12Kazakhstan ??17.32.2%
13Sweden ??13.41.7%
14Canada ??9.31.2%
15Morocco ??8.41.1%
16Indonesia ??8.31.1%
17Uzbekistan ??6.30.8%
18Papua New Guinea ??4.20.5%
19Dominican Republic ??3.80.5%
20Turkey ??3.60.5%
N/ARest of the World ?34.24.4%
N/ATotal784.4100%

Mexico, Peru, and China—the (Read more...)

Visualizing the Global Demand for Lithium



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Visualizing the Global Demand for Lithium

Visualizing Global Demand for Lithium

Lithium is one of the most in-demand commodities in the world today.

With the ongoing shift to electric vehicles (EVs) and clean energy technologies, governments and EV manufacturers are rushing to secure their supply chains as demand for lithium soars.

But while China has a strong foothold in the lithium race, the U.S. is lagging behind. This infographic from our sponsor Scotch Creek Ventures highlights the rising demand for lithium and the need for a domestic supply chain in the United States.

What’s Driving the Demand for Lithium?

Global lithium production more than doubled in the last four years to 82,000 metric tons in 2020, up from 38,000 metric tons in 2016. Here are some of the factors driving the lithium rush:

  1. More EVs on the Road:
    EV sales have been accelerating in recent years. Between 2016 and 2020, annual electric car sales increased by 297%, up from around 750,000 to nearly 2.9 million cars last year.
  2. Falling Battery Prices:
    Declining lithium-ion battery prices are allowing EVs to compete more aggressively with gas-powered cars. Since 2013, battery costs have fallen 80% with a volume-weighted average of $137/kWh in 2020.
  3. Rise of the Battery Megafactories:
    More battery manufacturing capacity means more demand for the critical minerals that go into batteries. As of March 2021, there were 200 battery megafactories in the pipeline to 2030, and 122 of those were already operational. According to Benchmark Mineral (Read more...)

History of the Silver State: Nevada and its Silver Districts



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Nevada Silver Districts
Nevada Silver Districts

History of the Silver State: Nevada and its Silver Districts

Nevada and its silver districts built the western territory into a modern American state.

Today, the world best knows Nevada for its modern gold production—however, a new generation is rediscovering Nevada’s famous silver districts and their potential.

This infographic comes to us from Blackrock Gold and outlines the history of Nevada and its legendary silver districts.

A Timeline of Nevada’s Famous Silver Districts

The Paiute, Shoshone, Quoeech, Washoe, and Walapai tribes populated the territory that is now the American state of Nevada before the Europeans arrived in the 18th century.

Nevada became part of the Spanish Empire as part of the greater province of New Spain, and then later Mexico after independence. As a result of the Mexican–American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico permanently lost Alta California in 1848.

The United States continued to administer the area as a territory. As part of the Mexican Cession in 1848 and then the California Gold Rush, the state’s area was first part of the Utah Territory, then the Nevada Territory in 1861.

However, the great Comstock mining boom of 1859 in Virginia City consolidated the area as part of the United States. Silver discoveries and mining spurred development and statehood, all by uncovering the famous silver districts of Nevada.

An eccentric Canadian from Trenton, Ontario, Henry Comstock gave his last name to a discovery that launched mining in Nevada. In (Read more...)