POP QUIZ: MINE, MINE, MINE! (answers)

Well, it turns out it’s not Mine! Mine! Mine! it is instead Hers! Hers! Hers! The unstoppable Dee Dee T turned in another perfect 10. Dee Dee… I play trivia in a league… are you busy Monday nights? Would you like to join my team? Let me clear… YOU ARE NOT TO JOIN ANYONE ELSE’S TEAM. 🙂

I wanna give a shout out to Raymond, a longtime player who turned in a personal best with 9/10, which would’ve won most other weeks…

1) In 1883, Thomas Flanagan, clearing land for the Canadian Pacific Railway, sparked a mining industry when he noticed an odd rust-coloured patch of recently-blasted rock just north-west of what is now the present day site of which Ontario city?
2) Fraudulent gold samples, supposedly from a mine in Busang, Indonesia, were at the heart of a fraud scandal centred around the minerals division of which TSE listed company in the mid-90s?
3) “At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man”… who?
4) According to MINING.com, three of the world’s top ten gold mines by production, are the Carlin Trend mines, Cortez and the wittily named Goldstrike mine, are all in what country?
5) The Mponeng gold mine, owned by international conglomerate AngloGold Ashanti, is current;y the deepest mine in the world, reaching nearly 4km below the surface of what country?
6) Strip, open-pit and Mountaintop-removal are all mining techniques grouped together under which catch-all term?
7) Who performed the mining-themed dirge “Dark As A Dungeon” live at Folsom Prison for a 1968 album?
8) What is the full name of the Canadian mining company with the NYSE symbol POT?
9) What commodity is mined at EKATI, Snap Lake and Gahcho Kué?
10) Compass Minerals, a Kansas-based company, owns a mine in Goderich, Ontario which produces nine million tons of what per year?

1) SUDBURY
2) BRE-X
3) BIG JOHN (acc: BIG BAD JOHN)
4) THE USA (they produced roughly a million ounces of gold per year, each)
5) SOUTH AFRICA
6) SURFACE MINING
7) JOHNNY CASH
8) POTASH CORPORATION OF SASKATCHEWAN
9) DIAMONDS (all are in Canada’s Northwest Territories)
10) SALT (Compass Minerals bought the entire Sifto company

According to wiki, the Snap Lake Mine is the first non-African diamond mine ever owned and operated by the DeBeers corporation. The site is about 220km northeast of Yellowknife, and can only be reached by air. Late last year, DeBeers stopped operations at the mine, because the price of diamonds had dropped so much that it wasn’t worth staying in operation. Strangely, their African mines remain open…

Thanks,
QM Bill

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