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mother lode

1. In mining, the main source of a mineral in given area. We haven't hit the mother lode of silver quite yet—but we will!
2. By extension, an abundance of something. I wasn't looking to expand my record collection, but I sure hit the mother lode when I cleaned out my parents' attic! It's an exciting time to be a researcher in this field, as a mother lode of new data was recently released.
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Mother Lode Bank currently operates 2 branch offices in Sonora, California.
As well as Crathorne's adventures, Born in Lode Lane is interspersed with interviews featuring Land Rover living legends including Spen King who reveals the Range Rover was not conceived with luxury in mind.
The poem "In lode della galea" ("In Praise of the Galley") exhibits a similar lubricity as well as another typical feature of Bronzino's capitoli - the parodic use of courtly language.
In August, the company announced its plans to acquire Mother Lode Bank, a California-state chartered bank with USD78m in assets and two branches in Sonora, CA.
The company added that the preliminary drilling programme that covered over 50 metres in two drill holes at Site IV-1 located in the Merapoh Mine has yielded encouraging results for high grade lode gold potential.
MARC0138 passed through the hinge of the anticline beneath the existing pit in a position where previous drilling had failed to penetrate through the entire mineralised sequence and therefore appears to have missed the highest grade material at the base of the lode.
The extra festive shift marked the end of a hugely impressive year at Lode Lane, where Jaguar Land Rover is creating up to 1,000 new jobs.
The company has reported that drilling has intersected four new gold lode zones during the drilling of a deep hole.
Lode Lane has struggled with quality levels in recent years, forcing a rolling review of improvements described as the Road Map, while the site's 308 acres in Solihull would make it attractive for residential development.
The Phase 1 programme is aimed at further defining the West Lode and potentially adding further high grade ounces into the mine plan.
Global Banking News-August 28, 2015--Oak Valley Bancorp to take over Mother Lode Bank
In addition, a continuous hanging wall lode has also been identified which is expected to have a positive impact on mining economics.