Box 2782 - Boise, Idaho 83701
Phone: (208) 454-3787 or (541) 542-2272
Mining and Environmental Engineers, Geologists, Land Surveyors, and Realtors Specializing Since 1974 in Contract Gold - Silver - Polymetallic Mineral Exploration, Development, Sales, Environmental Permitting and EDM - GPS Surveying throughout North America, Alaska, Mexico, South America, Russia, and the entire World.
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Whelan's owned and operated their own airborne Mags, Spectrometers, and remote sensing equipment long before the micro-computer age to find hidden ore deposits. In the 1980's the firm began using advanced computers and PCI remote sensing software to provide state-of-the-art contour maps and photo realistic 3D images of client's projects and became a dealer of PCI software. HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PCI Software or HERE FOR PCI SLIDE SHOW
President is Pat Whelan, P.E., P. Geo., P.L.S., G.R.I. - a licensed/registered professional mining and environmental engineer, geologist, land surveyor, Realtor/Broker and commercial helicopter/fix wing pilot with more than 35 years of experience ranging from grass roots exploration to development and operating of mines. He is an international known mineral appraiser and has written SEC mineral appraisal and feasibility reports for the London, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Australian, Chicago, Spokane, and other exchanges.
GOLD PLACER MINING
Whelan's Mining is one of the few companies in
the world experienced in operating large scale gold placer mines using
various combinations of suction dredges, sluices (ross boxes), giants,
trommels, nelson concentrators, bucket lines, and screening plants.
Whelan's Mining is very experienced in drilling in remote locations where it has built roads, drilled, and logged 100,000's of feet of surface and underground holes using various core, straight rotary, reverse circulation, and geotec rigs. The company has built its own hydraulic back pack rigs and owned/lease/contracted many combinations of track, all terrain, skid, helicopter, and truck mounted rigs.
To avoid building roads in environmentally sensitive areas, ATV and/or Track mounted drill rigs and water trucks are used.
Whelan's Mining is highly experienced in professional surveying services, including surface, underground, and aerial topographic, boundary, geochemical, geophysical, geological, and claim staking surveys. Whelan's use the latest in EDM total stations and satellite gps equipment and computer technology. Whelan's were pioneers in GPS surveying and featured in various professional magazines and the Paris Air Show.
Surveying at 19,000 feet in South America for Aerial Photo Control.
Whelan processing systems have included Cyanide Heap Leaching, Complex Gravity, Amalgamation, and Flotation Milling, Smelting and other systems.
Whelan's have operated and developed both underground and surface mines. Whelan's are also one of the few companies in the world experienced in permafrost mining and operated an underground gold mine located farther north than any other mine in the U.S.
Whelan's are one of the few companies in the world
highly experienced in transporting heavy freight via airplanes into self
made unimproved/remote sites. The president is a commercial helicopter
and fix wing pilot with several thousand hours of flight experience with
instrument, sea, and crop dusting ratings.
Whelan's do level 1 through 3 environmental assessments, remedial, and reclamation work and permitting in mining, urban, and agricultural development. The company has reclaimed abandon mine sites, worked on various hazardous waste spill sites, and designed facilities for over 4000 cow dairies. The company is also in charge of engineering work on the largest air sparging clean up system west of the Mississippi.
Mining is essential for protecting the environment
and feeding the world as there is nothing in the civilized world that is
not made from or dependent upon materials produced from mining. The mining
industry is the most environmentally regulated industry in the U.S. and
has spent more money on protecting the environments than any other industry.
Less than 3/10 of 1 percent of the land in the U.S. has been disturbed
by mining since 1776. More than 1/3 of this land has already been reclaimed
by the mining companies and most of the areas presently being mined will
be reclaimed upon abandonment. Mining is a very expensive and risky business,
and It normally takes several hundred millions of dollars in investment
before an ounce of gold can be produced. To justify such risks the U.S.
operates under a law pasted in 1872 which has been extensively updated
and proven in the courts over the years to be extremely well conceived
and written to protect the environment and investments under changing technologies
and times -- One only has to look at the many environmental
catastrophes seen in other parts of the world operating under strict governmental
controls to truly appreciate the positive effects that the 1872 mining
law has on the environment.
Protecting our environment from increasing urban development and population growth is a constant challenge for the mining industry. More than 3 percent of the U.S. land surface is covered with asphalt and nearly 60 percent is plowed for farming. 2,750 acres of pavement is laid each day in the U.S., which is enough to make a bicycle path 7 feet wide from coast to coast. U.S. citizens consume 18 million tons of mined material each day to produce such things as 640 acres of carpeting, 9.7 million square feet of plate glass for windows, 4 million erasers, 3.6 million light bulbs, 21 million photographs, 550,000 pounds of toothpaste, and an endless number of every day goods.
All the gold mined in the world since the beginning of civilization could be poured into a cube less than 36 cubic yards in size, which is about 160,000 tons. Gold is essential to the computer, medical, jewelry, space, and financial industries. It is the most malleable element known, which allows one ounce of gold to be drawn into a wire 60 miles long and more than 200,000 sheets of gold paper can be stacked in a pile less than one inch high. U.S. citizens use about 80 pounds each day just to fill teeth. Hardness is 2.5-3, melts at 2,063 degrees F., specific gravity is 19.32, 1ppm = 0.029 oz/ton, 1 gram/ton = 0.032 oz/t, 1 oz = 31.1035 grams = 20 pennyweight = 480 grains.