Bitter cassava plant extract “manipueira” used as a lixiviant will sustainably leach more gold from ore than by using mercury amalgamation and address flour manufactures reckless discard of the aqueous free cyanide pH 5.5 solution polluting and contaminating the environment.
Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin which is used by ~18 - 20 million impoverished artisanal miners in ~ 80 Countries all largely having undiagnosed mercury poisoning including ~4.5 million women and ~600,000 children under the age of 15 to produce 20% of the world’s gold supply used to make our jewellery, iPad’s, iPhone, computers, and other electronics devices.
Artisanal miners extract gold from ore by using mercury to amalgam with the gold which is then vaporized at a high temperature releasing the mercury vapors polluting our environment.
Artisanal ore processing is the world's largest anthropogenic source of deadly mercury pollution overtaking coal fired plants mercury emissions in 2017 and documented in 2021 by Oxford University earth scientists to stay airborne for up to one year.
For the record, those ~18 – 20 million artisanal miners are not responsible for the annual discharge and release of 2,000 tonnes of mercury to our environment annually as globally, ore processing centers collectively produce 80% of the artisanal gold supply making them largely responsible.
The morbid irony lies in the fact the same mercury used to extract the gold is polluting the air we all breathe, contaminating our drinking water, polluting the Oceans we swim, poisoning the fish we consume causing health issues, and global biodiversity destruction.
To make a sustainable change, we initiated climate action in the Portovelo-Zaruma mining district Ecuador 1,200 meters high up in the Amazon Andes where 65 APROPLASMIN* Members own and operate 68 of 87 whole ore mercury amalgamation Chilean centers which process ~10,000 local and ~40,000 neighboring artisanal miners ore and toxic tailings wastes.
These centers are lined up along one-square mile on the Calera and Amarillo riverbanks and are collectively responsible for the discharge of 1.9 million tonnes of acidic toxic tailings waste surface sludge poured directly into the rivers annually.
This toxic pollutant is laden with 222 kg of mercury providing mobility for mercury, 2,033 tonnes of cyanide, mercury-cyanide complexes, arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals.
The pollutant is fluvially dispersed zigzagging down the Andes throughout the Amazon rivers killing all local biota, contaminating the riverbanks and soil, poisoning local terrestrial species, and contaminating drinking water to empty into the Pacific Ocean 350 Km west, poisoning the fish we consume eat especially tuna, where mercury bioaccumulates the most.
We're seeking social awareness and impact investment capital to fund our climate action initiative to implement our Tailings Remediation Action Plan (TRAP) innovation in the mining district Ecuador.
We propose to use a solution extracted from plants, bitter cassava, as a gold leaching lixiviant for the first time in the history of the mining industry.
Bitter cassava plant is a cyanogenic plant which produces aqueous free cyanide solution known as “manipueira” as a defense mechanism when the integrity of the plant cellular structure is compromised. The plant does not contain cyanide.
~ 290 million tonnes of bitter cassava plant are harvested annually. ~35 – 40% of the plants weight is the manipueira solution.
The use of bitter cassava plant extract is an environmental win-win situation for the artisanal gold processors, artisanal flour manufactures, and the environment.
We are in advanced discussions with several APROPLASMIN Members including their President elect “hopeful” to whom we have provided preliminary design schematics to convert an existing center to mercury free processing.
The Company is capitalizing on years of R & D undertaken at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering spearheaded by Dr. Marcello Veiga, P. Eng., Professor Emeritus and Company Advisor in conjunction with Newlox Gold Ventures.
We prepared and presented our preliminary flow-chart and design schematics to convert the center and prototype the world’s 1st 60-80 tonne/day mercury free state-of-the-art sustainable ore and tailings leaching center using manipueira.
The leaching center will incorporate existing and innovative processing equipment, flotation circuits, hydrocyclone and centrifugal technologies, and gravity to separate and recover fine gold from ore and tailings.
Conversion of one of the 87 Portovelo-Zaruma Chilean processing centers to manipueira processing contributes to the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership overall goal by eliminating that center
· monthly use of 2.2 kg mercury,
· monthly use of 2 tonnes of toxic cyanide salts,
· pro-rata discharge of 1.9 million tonnes of toxic tailings wastes laden with 220 kg of mercury providing mobility for mercury,
· pro-rata release of 303 kg of mercury to our environment from burning the gold amalgams,
· mitigates further human and child in utero health threats, local and global biodiversity destruction.
Our project is about environmental remediation with sustainable and profitable gold production.
Q1 - Q2 subject to receipt of seed capital, we plan to launch our gold backed climate action Initial DEX Offering (IDO) seeking $USD 1.5 million fiat equivalent impact investment capital.
Currently we are conducting a pre-Token Sales Event (T.S.E.) seeking $USD 150K fiat equivalent impact investment seed capital. We are providing a 20% token bonus.
Visit our corporate site to see what we’re doing about it and profit proudly owning sustainably reclaimed tailings gold, a globally wasted commodity transformed into *Limited Edition* artisanally crafted one ounce (95% 22k) gold coins or ingots.
The ~40,000 residents of the Portovelo-Zaruma mining district including ~ 10,000 local artisanal miners and our Planet thanks you for supporting our climate action initiative to #MakeMercuryHistory in ore processing.
*Association of Owners of Plants of Ore Reduction, Smelting and Refining of Mineral Substances of El Oro Province