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Endeavour Silver: How Silver Is Mined, Part I

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March 15, 2011 – Comments (18) | RELATED TICKERS: EXK

The terrific team at Endeavour Silver just contacted me to bring my attention to an educational video they've developed about the silver mining process. Part II will be out later this month, and presumably will focus on the extraction process, while Part I represents a terrific, basic breakdown of the staking, modeling, and assaying processes.

I recommend this video to anyone invested in the precious metals space, as informational resources of this type that are both broadly accessible and relevant to investors are as scarce as the targeted metals. I personally found the portion dealing with the assay process fascinating! Although my background in archaeology has afforded me some facility in interpreting drill target selection, drill results, modeling techniques, etc., I had never encountered such a detailed breakdown of how the assaying process is conducted for gold and silver.

The video is embedded below for your convenience, but I recommend going to Endeavour's homepage to view it, since it opens conveniently in a separate browser window.

Along with the shares of the exciting growth company that produced the video, I am delighted to recommend this video to all of you.

Please let me know what you think, and which portions you find particularly interesting or informative. I look forward to passing your comments to Endeavour's staff.

Endeavour Silver is my third-largest equity holding.

18 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM, kdakota630 (29.50) wrote:

Interesting.  At the summer job I had at a mine I never got to see any of this stuff in any detail.

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#2) On March 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM, 100ozRound (29.44) wrote:

Awesome - thanks!

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#3) On March 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM, Valyooo (99.43) wrote:

Cool, that was simple and informative...what more could you ask for?

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#4) On March 16, 2011 at 1:13 AM, tdonb (23.15) wrote:

Very informative. I didn't know silver was so black when it comes out of the ground, but it makes sense if it has been there for so long.

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#5) On March 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Gonzhouse (74.93) wrote:

Not only is the video interesting but they have a lot of interesting analysis under the "Silver" menu dropdown.

Highly recommend for anyone investing in silver, whether Endeavour or not.

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#6) On March 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM, silverminer (31.08) wrote:

Gonzhouse

Agreed. It's one of the industry's better websites, to be sure.

tdonb

Because the ore shown included a mixture of lead and zinc along with the silver and gold, I believe that factor also contributes principally to the dark color. I think you would have to have a pretty pure portion of silver there for tarnish to be a major cause of the dark color. I could be wrong on that, but that is my understanding.

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Fools, keep an eye on this post. There is a good chance we may get a visit from someone at Endeavour. If they do come in, please be sure to let them know how much we appreciate having a representative from one of our very favorite silver miners join our Foolish community. :)

 

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#7) On March 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM, 100ozRound (29.44) wrote:

I betcha its PressReleaseVid

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#8) On March 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM, silverminer (31.08) wrote:

100ozRound

No, I don't think so. But I have wondered who that might be. :)

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#9) On March 16, 2011 at 1:17 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

Very neat!  Thanks Sinch.  I actually hope that someone from EXK makes it on this forum.

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#10) On March 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM, silverminer (31.08) wrote:

me too. :)

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#11) On March 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

Incidentally, my wife works for AGI and is contemplating putting the youtube link on their website.  Its not set in stone yet, and I imagine she may have to get approval and all, but I thought it was cool all the same.

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#12) On March 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM, MFCoyoacan (< 20) wrote:

Took basic geology as an art conservator but never never saw the assay process-- I can hardly wait to see Part II.  Thanks!

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#13) On March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM, PressReleaseVid (< 20) wrote:

No, PressReleaseVid is their video production company.

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#14) On March 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM, 100ozRound (29.44) wrote:

Good work!

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#15) On March 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM, 100ozRound (29.44) wrote:

Part 2 is out but the Fool won't let me embed video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGGUgC7V

 

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#16) On March 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM, 100ozRound (29.44) wrote:

D'oh bad URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGGUgC7V-vs

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#17) On March 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM, Hugh11 (< 20) wrote:

Good afternoon - My name is Hugh Clarke and I'm the V-P Corporate Communications with Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK and TSX:EDR). Christopher Barker suggested that I register on this blog. Firstly, I am very gratified that he agreed to post our "How Silver is Mined" videos and I am overwhelmed with the response. I've  been involved in this business for quite some time and any initiative I've ever taken has never generated the interest these videos have. We have a couple more educational videos in the works..."Silver Facts and History" to be released in May and "Silver Fundamentals - Supply & Demand" to go out in May.

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#18) On March 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

Hi Hugh,

Welcome to the caps community!  You guys have an amazing track record and as a shareholder,  I look forward to your continued success!  I can only thank Chris for bringing EXK to my attention.

J

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