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 Post subject: Spruce Pine Quartz
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:19 pm 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8178580.stm

One mine is the single source for high quality quartz for chip-making.

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Interesting, the chip makers are prepared to pay as much as one penny per carat for top quality quartz?

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:) thanks for sharing the article with us, empress.

sad to read how the people in the community have been affected by it though because manufacturing synthetic quartz is too expensive.


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I really like that the BBC is the organization to publicize a mineral operation of major consequence that is working in a small Appalachian (Blue Ridge) mountain town in the US. Thanks for posting. My wife and I are going to Spruce Pine / Little Switzerland this fall to do some rough hunting.

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Good info empress. I never knew that :shock:

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sounds like they are protecting a milling process


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i guess the local community didn't realize how their lives would be impacted by selling the mine. sold themselves out of being able to make a living.


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