The Hoffman Crew has decided to take one last chance on South American gold in Guyana. Located in the northern end of South America, bordered on the west by Venezuela, the east by Suriname, the south by Brazil, that despite being part of the continent is part of the Anglophone Caribbean.
It’s a country of great bio-diversity, for a country of its size – with thousands of species of bird, mammals and plants. The geography of the country is also diverse with a fertile marshy plain along the Atlantic coast where most live and conduct rice farming and fishing. The southwest is a desert savannah and the south contains the forested highland.
Moving inland there is a hilly sand and clay region, which is where most of the mineral deposits are located. It’s this Mahdia region where the Hoffman Crew intend to prospect, and despite being a “sand and clay” region there is a fair amount of forest they’ll have to contend with. It’s also crisscrossed with streams and rivers that were once the only means of transportation.
The region is populated by a mix of indigenous tribes, those from the coasts, and immigrants who have come in search of gold or work in the gold mines. Like most remote mining regions, the land is worked by a mix of larger claim holders and those who operate on the fringes. The mining is much like what the Hoffman Crew would be used to – placer mining where excavators remove the overburden to get to the sandy gavel underneath to process with wash plants.
Because of Guyana’s ecological heritage and jungle conditions, the Guyana Mines and Geology Commission has started to turn a close eye to the region to prevent long term damage to the land and diseases such as malaria that can break out when the land isn’t reclaimed properly and the land is polluted.
If they get on the gold, will the Hoffman Crew finally find a home in this marshy jungle?