Nobody ever knows what may make a once low place shine in a flash. This may happen if a gold mine is discovered in your area. The same happened in a small African village and the gold made the place to shine, as the gold mine surely illuminates.
How Did It Happen?
A farmer was digging in his field when he stumbled on a shiny stone. He went to geologists who assured him it was gold. Where did he find it? The geologists wanted to know. The old man told them. Armed with instruments, they went to investigate. Sure enough, there was Gold.
Miners Dug Up the Gold
Soon miners came and there was a burst of activities. Machines were brought in and mining began. The rocks were dug from as deep as three hundred feet. Lights were used to light up the dark mines. Air was pumped in so as to avoid suffocation of the miners. Water was also to be sucked out. Soon stones loaded with minerals were gushing out of the deep mines.
How the Gold was Purified
At first, the stones were crushed into powder. The powder was then mixed with water and poured on a sloping ramp where the gold was trapped on sackcloth. The sackcloth was then washed with more water in a basin. From the basin, the gold and the dust was sieved in a basin as they added more water. Since gold is denser than dust, it remains at the bottom of the basin as most dust is washed away. The gold that remains is mixed with mercury to bind the gold dust together. It is then heated or an acid added in order to remove the mercury and any remaining dust. The gold is ready to be marketed.
Gold Merchants Ready for the Final Product
Once the gold is ready, merchants come and buy it from the villagers. The profit is shared between the owners of land, machinery owners and all involved in the work. The gold business is very lucrative, as so many people like adorning themselves with golden trinkets.
How The Gold Mine Illuminates a Village
With the gold, many low-class people have built mansions and owned property – something that was only in a dream in the past. The village is now swarming with activity and many people have come from far to acquire the gold. Land prices have escalated and through the sale of land, many have become rich. The goldmine illuminates and makes many who would not have gone to school attend school. They get good jobs to make the village shine more. If this is not illuminating, then I wonder what illumination means. The gold also illuminates those wearing them, does it not? That is a question for you to answer. A small village in my country has had all these.
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