Day 74Yesterday in Australia
The weather continues to smile on us, and today we did a 2 1/2 hour tour of the KCGM open mine Super Pit, where they mine 22,000 kilo of gold a year. The site covers more than 35,000 hectares and is made up of 260 individual mining leases. We were picked up by bus in the city centre and driven to the site.
First we saw the Fuel Farm. They use 5 to 6 million litres of diesel a month.
Then onto the Tyre Change Out Facility. The tryes weigh 5 tonne and the machine changes one in 45 minutes.
We drove through an area of used tyres (they cannot be retreaded but are recycled), and looked at retired machines.
Then off to the open pit. It is hugh. We watched trucks transporting the rocks to various destinations depending on their quality. As we stool outside the bus looking at the mine, several drove close by us. Most of the drivers tooted and waved. Next we watched the crushing machine where the drivers backed their trucks up to the opening and tipped their load in.
Our guide Dan then drove through the hugh processing plant and explained how the gold was extracted using 3 different methods. The liquid gold that was left after that is sent away to be refined even further to extract more gold.
We didn't get any free samples!!
I went to mass tonight in a beautiful heritage listed church called St Marys. I wish I could get a photo of the outside, but it was too dark. Dan told us that there is more gold in the old bricks of the church, and the Exchange Hotel, than they extract from the mine in a day now.Read more