How It Works

Background

Through extensive research, we have ascertained several key factors to achieve success in the retrieval of gold and other precious materials. We have worked with an Alaskan Geologist to find the best sites, and consulted with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Corps of Engineers. Research indicates an estimated $13 Billion of gold in the Bering Sea area.

Working with mining equipment leaders, we are combining best practice processes with our new technologies. For example, Keene Engineering has successfully used suction dredge technology on a smaller scale. Pairing this suction dredge technology with our articulated boom operated system creates one part of the new system.

Our Technology

Our team is developing the technology to engage an articulated boom equipped with several high definition color cameras with the capability to reach down to 100 feet to the ocean floor (or other body of water) to recover material which is touted to have gold, platinum, and diamonds.

This approach is based on “paddle dredging technology” that utilizes a remote operator on the barge, as well as GPS, radar, sonar, depth and boom control in a climate controlled environment. This remote operation does away with the multiple diver approach as seen in current operations. The operator controls the boom and can extract large amounts of material in a short time.

Using a barge platform (40’ by 125’), 200 to 250 cubic yards of material per hour becomes a reality with a 12” dredge utilizing two DV 200C pumps – 4600 GPM. Underwater cameras and computer graphics make this state-of-the art dredging. There is less of a mining footprint, nonuse of mercury, no deforesting, and large piles of tailing do not exist. Dredged materials are replaced near to where they were extracted. This process is environmentally friendly.

On board the worker-friendly barge, a de-rocker removes material from 1 to 10 inches in diameter preventing contamination of the sluice boxes. Two sets of sluice boxes allow for a 22-hour operation, alternating between boxes every 4 hours for maximum clean up, and a system loss rate less than 5%.

Geologist estimates show that approximate gold recovery yields will be in the 1/8-oz range for 10 cubic yards of material processed. We estimate our gold recovery rate to be at 2.5-oz per hour of operation. (200 cubic yards per hour /10 = 20 x 1/8-oz = 2.5-oz of gold per hour.)

Explorer Alive is the headquarters for Explorer Experience operations but it’s more than executive office space. It’s a center for innovation. It’s a place where ideas aren’t just studied; we take ideas from concept to implementation. In some cases, the project goal is for the entity to become self-sustaining and independent of Explorer funding.
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