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stope

[stōp]
(mining engineering)
To excavate ore in a vein by driving horizontally upon it a series of workings, one immediately over the other, or vice versa; each horizontal working is called a stope because when a number of them are in progress, each working face under attack assumes the shape of a flight of stairs.
Any subterranean extraction of ore except that which is incidentally performed in sinking shafts or driving levels for the purpose of opening the mine.

stope

An excavation in the earth in a series of benches or tables.
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Mining dilution and recovery factors vary for specific stopes and sills and are influenced by several factors including vein thickness, level interval, and mining method.
Additional stope blocks that can be accessed from the existing spiral include the 4530 OG, the 4570 RF and 4540 AP stopes.
Additional focus is being placed on gaining a stronger understanding of ground control requirements, development of data for validation of reserve models, and stope sequencing and development planning as additional working faces are added.
To ensure the Company is positioned for continued growth and expansion, and to take full advantage of the current record setting metals prices, the Company has a fully operational infrastructure in place, several months of planned production available from the current stopes, and ongoing exploration programs.
High-grade silver mineralization was found in drillholes 8 and 11, in the Main Stope area.
This delay has provided an opportunity for the earlier development of the Cash # 3 stope.
Work progresses on the development of a second high-grade stope located in the main Sylvia zone to the north of the current mining.
A total of 80 channel samples were taken across the Santa Cruz vein over an area 60 m long x 40 m up-dip in the northwest end of Stope 101.
successful first blast on the new mechanized long-hole stope between the 350
Table 2 - Significant intercepts Gorumbwa Hole UTM UTM UTM Azi- Dip Depth From To Inter- Au _id _North _East _RL muth val GRC008 344638 785802 832 0 -90 163 148 163 Stope GRC009 344615 785783 830 0 -90 150 114 116 2 1.
said, "The grade of gold encountered during the stope building process has been exceptionally high; often assaying two ounces per ton but at times up to four, five and six ounces per ton.
Mine development has continued steadily with stope preparation reaching an advanced stage at the Hopemore B-Zone location.