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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Peak gold!

“The first thing to understand,” writes Mr. Byron King, “as an old geology professor at Harvard once told me, is that ‘gold is where you find it.’ And the second thing to understand is that no matter where you look, gold is hard to find -- and getting harder.

“In the past decade, gold-related exploration efforts and expenditures have increased dramatically. I’ve seen numbers adding up to tens of billions of dollars poured by mining companies into gold exploration.

“But despite the best efforts of the global mining industry, world gold production has DECREASED since early in this decade. Take a look at the chart below, depicting world gold production 1850-2008.



“I love this chart. I could spend all day discussing it. For example, look at the very steep rise in gold output during the 1930s. That was during the depths of the worldwide Great Depression. In both the U.S./Canada (blue area), and the rest of the world (gray area), people were digging more and more gold. The Soviets (purple area) increased their gold output too, courtesy of Joseph Stalin and his Gulag. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose. Will that sort of history repeat this time around?”
-- from "China’s Bubble Warning, New Home Paradox, Gold Production Sea Change, Vancouver Updates and More!" by Addison Wiggin and Ian Mathias

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