Day 7: Properties of Gold
ended up with some gold, not as much as I would have thought. We must
have been pouring the water down the sluice too quickly. Humm, how to
fix that? Also, when Kevin, who owns the rights to the land, talked with
us, he was surprised we weren't getting flakes of gold we've
been limited to "colors" or specks. He tested our tailings,
the stuff that comes off at the bottom of the sluice and found a bit of
color, so we know we aren't catching everything we could.
The idea of gold panning!
Who would have ever thought? Isn't this the stuff of storybooks
and lottery tickets?
and Rob, who own the site, do a bang-up job in terms of providing tourists
with a quality experience. The guys work really hard, outdoors in the
cold. For example, today it rained or misted from the moment we got up
until about 6 pm. We were wet all day but not cold only because we were
working hard physically. We lugged buckets of water and sand most of the
day. Imagine doing this all day everyday. The life of a prospector. Yet,
perhaps the majority of people on Earth still do backbreaking work every
day. What are we doing to make their lives better? Do they have choices?
I think about the
research Missouri Botanical Garden does all over the world, often in developing
countries. We continue to make major commitments to train and educate
local people wherever we work, so our work is collaborative, not extractivist.
Basic plant research and conservation is critical for healthy communities.
Our mission is to "discover and share knowledge about plants and
their environment, in order to enrich and preserve life".
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