GOLD mining played an all-important role in the historical development of BC and remains a significant part of the modern MINING industry in the province. In 2010 revenue from gold production totalled $224 million. During the GOLD RUSH era of the 19th century, most gold was mined from surface deposits using placer methods. By 1900 placer mining had given way to lode mining, which requires extensive diggings. Gold is also produced as a by-product of other mineral production. BC is the third...

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