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Topic: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/06/2020 20:05:20   Subject: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
Hi Foy I had considered suggesting CAT but the trip from the North east to Coniston where lots of things are done is a bit off putting! It would be easier in my opinion to just end up at Nenthead,
Topic: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/06/2020 21:43:44   Subject: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
hi the obvious one is the Nenthead mine research society.
sadly as has been pointed out earlier due to lockdown they are not doing too much at the minute, but once the lockdown is finished then.
Topic: Destruction of Ripple Rock, Canada west coast
John Lawson

Forum: North America   Posted: 28/06/2020 21:38:56   Subject: Destruction of Ripple Rock, Canada west coast
very good film1
Shows how mining is a part of everyday life in Canada!
Topic: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/06/2020 21:16:50   Subject: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
I heartily agree with Peter, i joined a Society over 50years ago in order to discover what is involved in mine exploration! i am still a member of that organisation.
you are very fortunate inlivi
Topic: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/06/2020 13:59:24   Subject: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
Hi I would check your pink samples, with a couple of spots of dilute Hydrochloric acid, since it looks like a pink flowstone, which essentially is a calcite!
If I am correct then this material
Topic: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/06/2020 13:59:23   Subject: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
Hi I would check your pink samples, with a couple of spots of dilute Hydrochloric acid, since it looks like a pink flowstone, which essentially is a calcite!
If I am correct then this material
Topic: Video Explore : Claustrophobia : A Squeezy Mine & Cave Explore
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/06/2020 14:10:05   Subject: Video Explore : Claustrophobia : A Squeezy Mine & Cave Explore
I heartily concur with my old friend Roy, that this group have indeed carried mot some very useful exploration work, I am not sure that that the HSE Would approve, however, they were not there!
Topic: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/05/2020 17:01:52   Subject: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
Hi VMHeritage, certainly you were able to purchase copies of their photographs.
I did it in the days before we had our on line facility!
In those days you had to go to the museum and look th
Topic: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/05/2020 17:01:51   Subject: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
Hi VMHeritage, certainly you were able to purchase copies of their photographs.
I did it in the days before we had our on line facility!
In those days you had to go to the museum and look th
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 20:04:52   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
hi this piece looks not too dissimilar to the other one. is it possible for you to carry out a specific gravity test on the two, separate samples?
Topic: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
John Lawson

Forum: Europe   Posted: 24/05/2020 21:45:48   Subject: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
One has to consider that we had a world class heamatite iron deposit in West Cumberland, with out put going to,its owner British Steel, yet all these mines are now closed down. Yet BHP and RtZ are ma
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/05/2020 19:07:53   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
I am very happy to report that Galantas in their latest news report, emphatically state that they have reached a an agreement with the police service of Northern Ireland in respect to the mines use o
Topic: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/05/2020 09:45:59   Subject: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
VM heritage, iWorks be very disappointed if you did not like it?
Take care, John Lawson
Topic: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
John Lawson

Forum: Europe   Posted: 20/05/2020 09:44:20   Subject: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
Given this instability and the facts that our two largest Mining companies BHP & RTZ operate their iron mines using opencast operations one wonders about the long term economics of these high grade Sw
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/05/2020 09:39:01   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
Hi there are 2 potential gold mines i. Northern Ireland. The one that you highlighted is owned by Dalradian resources, and the other by Galantas. Both have the opportunity to make excellent mines!
Topic: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/05/2020 21:02:54   Subject: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
Hi VM. Heritage as you probably are aware, we do have one of the Krupp mill, although,I am not sure which of the various ones it is?
Other information on the history of V,M, operations will be fo
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/05/2020 19:23:07   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
Hi whilst you are correctly offering your pessimism over the chances of finding any useful welsh, gold. Please remember that we have at least two viable gold mines in the U.K. one at Coninish in Scotl
Topic: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 19/05/2020 19:15:48   Subject: Vieille Montagne in Nenthead
Hi V.M heritage, yes I think that you might be able to help us, here in the UK. As you might be aware, much of our records of this company were destroyed during the war?
Consequently we are lack
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/05/2020 19:37:44   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
As if you state there are bits of glassy slag in it then then the other obvious identity is that,it is a partially reduced iron, ore!
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/05/2020 19:22:59   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
Hi this in my opinion looks like a typical siderite iron ore!
It would have changed over the years to give magnetite and goethite!
Topic: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/04/2020 19:57:24   Subject: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
Hi one simple way to help in you is to carry out a S.G test on your rocks
This then gives you some idea how likely it is you have found any potentially ores!
Topic: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 25/04/2020 21:21:04   Subject: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
To
Topic: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 22/04/2020 19:26:42   Subject: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
Hi Mike these newsletters are almost the same size as their journals! Hence the interest.!
Topic: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/04/2020 19:35:07   Subject: Surplus Northern Mines Volumes
Michael any surplus Russell society newsletters?
I am looking for some oldies to compete my collection!
Please let me know, thanks, John Lawson
Topic: United Downs copper
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/04/2020 21:38:33   Subject: United Downs copper
Hi I look at this as a purely accidental discovery! One wonders how the lithium company came to carry out the drilling on Strongbow’s lease. But a couple more drill holes will tell the mining companie
Topic: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/04/2020 20:40:02   Subject: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
Hi Roy, an excellent idea, and no doubt you have a few good pictures of your own to show?
Regards, John Lawson
Topic: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/04/2020 20:01:18   Subject: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
Hi Lydia, thanks for your kind offer,once the lockdown ends no doubt you will meet many more of us!
All I will tell you and iwoudbe surprised if youdidnot know this already?
Burtree Pasture
Topic: County Durham/Cumbria
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/03/2020 21:31:20   Subject: County Durham/Cumbria
Hi Ir85’ as has already been suggested to you, I strongly advise that you aquire a copy of the Smalcleugh plan before you return!
It has the advantage that you will not get lost in the mine and w
Topic: New group in the Southern Uplands
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:08:02   Subject: New group in the Southern Uplands
Good luck with it we need as much support for these new mining areas as possible!
Regards, John Lawson
Topic: Going to say the dreaded " cave " word
John Lawson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 07/03/2020 21:00:05   Subject: Going to say the dreaded
hi Guys as one the “older members “ on this site I can understand any one taking extreme care u/g or on surface walks to get to the U/g location.
I can honestly state that as you get older your
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/03/2020 20:34:59   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
I see that Anglo are now claiming that they have the necessary votes in their favour, to take over the mine and hopefully see it through to fruition!
I also note that some investors are stating
Topic: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/02/2020 20:46:29   Subject: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
hi Jim, this is in Grove Rake mine!my son Robert is on the far left hand side then,myself!.

Photograph:

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Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/01/2020 21:32:46   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
I see that Anglo American have offered 5.5p a share for this company, hopefully many contributors have not bought at a higher price!
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/01/2020 21:15:09   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
Interestingly they are allegedly going to try and drill above the water table and hence do not have to pump the mine dry!
Although apparently they have permission to do that!
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/01/2020 21:15:07   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
Interestingly they are allegedly going to try and drill above the water table and hence do not have to pump the mine dry!
Although apparently they have permission to do that!
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/01/2020 20:30:44   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
It is good news that one of the world’s largest mining houses is prepared to put money into a U?K. Mining project!
Sadly if their offer price is acceptable then a lot of small investors will lose
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/01/2020 20:24:49   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="somersetminer"][quote="Boy Engineer"]Another failed investment in a mine, sadly. Still waiting for this one to pay out untold riches:
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I fear I may be wait
Topic: Private Messages
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/01/2020 20:02:36   Subject: Private Messages
I must admit that the PM service on this site has been extremely helpful to me and I certainly would want to see it change in any way!
It is perhaps unfortunate that we only have a brief time on
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/01/2020 19:27:31   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
It certainly seem pretty dire, if you do not have a mining engineer on site and no pup,ping is taking place what are they doing?
My guess is that they are awaiting a big finiancial injection befo
Topic: New member from Queensland
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 01/01/2020 19:42:34   Subject: New member from Queensland
Hi, I hope you enjoy the site and that you might be able to contribute to our interesting discussions?
Topic: South Crofty - current situation?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/12/2019 21:10:35   Subject: South Crofty - current situation?
As I understand it they are trying to devise a system to eliminate the toxic metals in the potential pumping water, so that when they begin the big pump, the water board will be happy and not have con
Topic: Merry Christmas 2019
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/12/2019 10:10:40   Subject: Merry Christmas 2019
Hi Roy & friends, Robert & I and the rest of my extensive family wish everyone who posts on this site a happy and prosperous New Year and Christmas.
Regards, John & Robert Lawson
Topic: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 18/12/2019 21:00:15   Subject: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
Hi I received my copy of the new C.A.T. occasional publication, yesterday! It is a comprehensive list of the tasks undertaken by CAT over the last 40:years, since it’s inception.
Unlike the previ
Topic: Coalcleugh Level entrance 9th December 2019 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/12/2019 20:35:21   Subject: Coalcleugh Level entrance 9th December 2019 (photo)
Thanks for the update. It S somewhat worrying that this important access to the Barneycraig system is not being allowed proper ventilation!
Hopefully someone will mention it in a liaison meeting
Topic: Coalcleugh Level entrance 9th December 2019 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/12/2019 19:49:43   Subject: Coalcleugh Level entrance 9th December 2019 (photo)
hi
Peter, thanks for uploading this picture.From the picture it looks as if there is outlet for air ventilation from the mine?
Is this a correct interpretation?

Photograph:
Topic: Half a day to spend at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/12/2019 21:09:00   Subject: Half a day to spend at Nenthead
I agree with Mark, the trio to the Ballroomis a ‘must’ if you have never been to Nenthead.
My guess is you had probably best approach the Nenthead Mines and Conservation society first, in order t
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/12/2019 21:33:44   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Hi I think that you might have the basis of an interesting research topic here!
I think we Mine explorers all can think of places where you can easily acquire specimens for analysis.
I perso
Topic: Ruthwaite
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/11/2019 20:38:31   Subject: Ruthwaite
All I can tell you from memory this was a Baryte minevworking around the First World War time .
I have no knowledge of the adit you have discovered.
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/11/2019 15:05:01   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Hi Peter, there are as you correctly stated many ways to produce steel, unfortunately at the present time there is only one way to produce steel, economically actually iron, from its ore is using a b
Topic: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/11/2019 20:50:19   Subject: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
[quote="PeteJ"]Thanks John.

I am also searching for mine company plans. We know about the three VMZ plans (1896, Ore reserves and abandonment), and there is KC Dunham's section of the mai
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