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January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)

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The Bawl Mill
• If you don't like the numbers, make up your own!
• By the numbers
• And the award goes to...

by Staff
Ask the Experts: Big rocks or small cobbles?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: Quartz rock and the chance of gold in my area of New Hampshire?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: Equipment and gold locations in Colorado
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: Silent partners and mining—is it worth the risk?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Pacific Legal Foundation joins effort to overturn California dredging moratorium
• PLP fund drive continues
by Scott Harn
Sierra County Gold—Part II
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
by Chris Ralph
The Silver Islet Mountains of Utah
Apparent fault offset.I set up my dry washer on the north side of the cut and sampled the bed rock and dumps around me. As I was only sampling, I ran for 20-30 minutes, shoveling from a variety of areas.
by Alan J. Chenworth
Gold Placers of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
The biggest obstacle is that like many streams on the Kenai Peninsula, high water during the summer months from snow melt and rain can make dredging nearly impossible. The best dredging is in the colder months of the year.
by Steve Herschbach
Alternative Gold Leaching Methods
The ideal leaching chemical would leave behind what we don't want or need in the ore and take only the valuable metals.
by Chris Ralph
California Gold Adventure
All locations gave up some gold, but one particular section of exposed bedrock with steep, packed crevices kept giving us good, consistent results. We had found our spot.
by Alex Dolbeare
Over the Divide
Robert Joseph Dahlke
(1939 - 2013)
by Scott Harn
Prospecting for Diamonds in Kimberlite
Kimberlite is very difficult for geologists to find, let alone prospectors and rock hounds. This is because kimberlite is rarely exposed on the surface and few people know how to identify the rock.
by W. Dan Hausel
Additional Note Regarding "Strategic Metals—Part II"
From the December 2013 issue:
by Scott Harn
Take a Kid Detecting
I thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.
by Jonathan Porter
Melman on Gold & Silver
I must admit to taking some degree of pleasure in anticipating the excuse-making which will probably come out of the "Global Warming" camp to explain away a truly startling announcement.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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February 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 6)

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The Bawl Mill
• The dirty truth about clean energy
• By the numbers

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Not so happy birthday
• Even more support for the PLP
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
Shaker tables and jigs
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Marketing other minerals recovered while gold mining
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Email scams
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
What is the ceramic-like material embedded with gold?
by Chris Ralph
Our Readers Say
• Prospecting for Diamonds in Kimberlite by W. Dan Hausel
• Miners referring to their activity as “recreational”

by Staff
The Perfect Summer
Within the first 3 hours he and I had found pocket after pocket of gold and couldn't wait to tell Levi of our treasure.
by Kimmy Kurta
Eolian Gold Deposits
Prospectors who specialize in electronic detecting for nuggets in desert areas are especially interested in this type of deposit, as it yields nuggets that are close to the surface of the ground...
by Chris Ralph
SB 838 and the Future of Mining in Oregon
The verbage is SB 838 is vague and ambiguous to say the least. As a result, there is quite a bit of misinformation floating around the rumor mills.
by Walt Evens
Copper Deposits of Alaska
Only the famous Kennecott copper mine was able to continue operating through the Depression owing to the exceptional richness of its ore.
by Steve Herschbach
Divide and Conquer—Detecting Old Placer Grounds with Friends
He no sooner had turned around and started moving when I hollered again that I had another nice one.
by Ray Mills
Reserves and Resources Explained
Reservers and resources are very important to prospectors and miners, but they may be vague terms to some.
by Jim Halloran
Critical Metals: Lithium
Prospecting for lithium deposits can take a number of different directions, because this metal can be extracted from a variety of geologically differnet sources.
by Chris Ralph
Coprolite—A Prospector's Tale
Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.
by David C. Freitag
New Mining Regulations in Maine
Renewed interest in mining of gold, silver, copper and other metals in Aroostook County's Bald Mountain triggered 2012 legislation requiring the overhaul of the state's two-decade-old mining regulations.
by Associated Press
Comstock Mining Gets Approval
The approval, which affects 87 acres on the south end of Silver City, allows the company to move forward with exploration to determine the area's mining potential.
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
...as a holder of contrarian points of view, I am somewhat delighted to see the recent enormous surge in published negative commentaries regarding gold's future.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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March 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 7)

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The Bawl Mill
• ObamaCare likely to drive unemployment numbers higher
• Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's budget
• 646 consecutive strikeouts

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Idaho challenges EPA regulations
• California suction gold dredging
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
Breaking cemented gravels
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Gold out of auqa regia
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
NOI or POO for small backhoe
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Gold in Minnesota?
by Chris Ralph
Prospecting Hard Rock
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
by Don Robinson
Reese River Silver Mining District, Nevada
The strike and the dip of the veins can be broken down into two categories: veins in the eastern area and along Lander Hill, and the veins in the southwestern portion of the district.
by Alex Dolbeare
Twenty-Five Gold Indicators You Should Know
I frequently get asked, "What should I look for when I am out prospecting that will tell me there are good amounts of gold present in the ground?"
by Chris Ralph
Alaska: Large-Scale Mining Can Be Done Right
"As elected leaders of the State of Alaska, we want you to know that Alaska is open to investment from those who seek to develop our state's natural resources safely and responsibly..."
by Associated Press
Gold of the Iditarod Mining District, Alaska
It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
by Steve Herschbach
Bedrock
I am going to break bedrock down a bit and explain my view of the varying scenarios I come across in the field.
by Ray Mills
Natural Gold Alloys
Natural gold is never 100% pure; all natural nuggets contain at least some impurities. We're going to take a look at just what some of those impurities might be.
by Chris Ralph
Government Takes Land for Open Space
Rather than using the practice of government seizure of private property to promote economic development, the county is using it to preserve open space.
by Associated Press
Comments on Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold Series
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
by Jim Halloran
Hidden Value in Old Tailings
The 15 rare earth elements were discovered long after the gold rush began to wane, but demand for them only took off over the past 10 years...
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
...it is beginning to appear that we are recently witnessing a gradual buildup of background information that could lend strength to the arguments for ultimately higher gold and silver prices.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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April 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 8)

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The Bawl Mill
• What's good for the goose is good for Senator Feinstein...
• So much waste, it could fill a book...annually
• Just put it on my card...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Idaho continues toward elimination of EPA suction dredging regulations
• EPA makes preemptive strike against Alaska mine
• Proposed Mines Act permit fees
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
Bismuth oxide for assaying?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Magnetometers explained
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Relationship between limestone and gold
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Buying a turquoise claim
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Frogs' extinction from fungus
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Bad advice from Fish & Game
by Chris Ralph
Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana
Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.
by Chris Ralph
Contrary to Rumors, Couple Will Keep the Saddle Ridge Hoard
Some media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.
by Scott Harn
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
by Steve Herschbach
Creating Your Own Luck
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
by R. V. Larson
Over the Divide—Robert Michael “Mike” Corbley
Mike was...featured on our November 2013 cover after he achieved  his dream of recovering several huge nuggets...
by Staff
Continuing Hard Rock Exploration
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
by Don Robinson
Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion
Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
by Alex Dolbeare
Detecting for Gold in Nevada
Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.
by Ray Mills
Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels
They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
by Jim Halloran
Gold Deposits of the Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast has considerable gold reserves, and this nation has the largest area of greenstone belts prospective for gold in the continent.
by Chris Ralph
Melman on Gold & Silver
The idea of decisive action in 2014 will be at the heart of my presentation at the ICMJ Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit of April 5-6 in Placerville. I look forward to meeting you all then.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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May 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 9)

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The Bawl Mill
• Three strikes and you're out!
• Your share of the National Debt
• April 15 wasn't just the deadline for taxpayers

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Bill to address Forest Service Travel Management restrictions
• Suction gold dredging challenge finally under way
• EPA nullification bill fails in Idaho
• Another bad bill
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
How do mines and refiners deal with doré bars?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Gold and silver in Pennsylvania
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Setting up a gravity dredge
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Sampling and mining a historic mining claim
by Chris Ralph
Our Readers Say
I really learned a lot from your step-by-step presentation and our "hands-on" observation of all the steps involved in mining...
by Staff
Gold Prospecting in Gatesville, Indiana
Gatesville is not the only place to find easy public access for gold prospecting opportunities in Central Indiana.
by Alex Dolbeare
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part II
It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.
by Steve Herschbach
Cliven Bundy vs. BLM
...was all this about grazing fees and the desert tortoise, or something more?
by Scott Harn
Critical Metals: Zinc
In this article, part of an ongoing series taking a look at critical metals in our economy, we will examine the mining and use of the metal zinc.
by Chris Ralph
Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit Exceeds Expectations
Brian...had cleared off some virgin, gold-bearing bedrock areas prior to our arrival, so everyone had ample opportunity to find and take home some gold.
by Scott Harn
Legitimately Reducing Business Vehicle Costs
When it comes to the expense of using a car, van, pickup or panel truck for business purposes, they can be deducted by the operation as 'transportation" expenses.
by Mark E. Battersby
Search Coils and Techniques
This article is intended to try to help someone who is breaking into gold detecting and using a pulse induction (PI) detector.
by Ray Mills
Round Mountain, Nevada
There are a number of veins in the disseminated mineralization, but the principle ones on Round Mountain are known as the Los Gazabo and the Keane.
by Chris Ralph
Melman on Gold & Silver
I believe that the continual imposition of Leftist concepts on an already economically overburdened world is a recipe for some future economic catastrophe...
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Scouts New Mining in Society Badge
...it's very refreshing to hear that some of our youth will learn of the value of mining without all the environmental spin.
by Scott Harn

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June 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 10)

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The Bawl Mill
• IRS—Inept Resource Specialists
• A drought of common sense
• Thanks for your service, now please hold...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Idaho miners will challenge new EPA permit at rally
• California proposes to amend definition of a suction dredge
• Proposed rule redefines "navigable waters"
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
• Building a jaw crusher
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Can you explain a jig, Ainlay bowl, hammer mill?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Reopening closed areas
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Recovering platinum
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• How many parts per million make a project viable?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Gold in West Virginia?
by Chris Ralph
Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part III
The higher the sensitivity setting, the louder and sharper the signal from a gold nugget or other metal target.
by Steve Herschbach
Silver and Base Metal Deposits of the Pioche District
The areas that were mineralized with the bedded ore were huge and vast tonnages were indicated, although they had no idea at the time.
by Chris Ralph
California Dredgers: A Step Closer to Getting Back in the Water
...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.
by Scott Harn
A Few Methods for Sampling Hardrock Deposits
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
by Alex Dolbeare
Protecting Our Access to Public Lands
As prospectors, we cannot just roll over and continue to ignore the shift in public land management from multiple use to national preserve.
by Chris Ralph
Arizona's Youngest...and Oldest Prospector
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
by Ron Kliewer
Exploring Placers with Auger Drills
Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
by Jim Halloran
Melman on Gold & Silver
From the point of view of the precious metals, an upside breakout would have clear inflationary implications, which should benefit...
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Correction
In our May 2014 issue, we incorrectly identified the woman who recovered numerous small nuggets...
by Staff
Crushing Quartz in Calaveras County: A Placer Miner Learns New Tricks
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
by Greg Mast

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July 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 11)

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The Bawl Mill
• The dog ate my homework
• Boating in Afghanistan?

by Scott Harn
A Return to Silver City, Idaho
...we were able to pull out close to another 3+ ounces of small, angular Silver City gold. This also included several more small nuggets, pieces of wire gold and some quartz-gold pieces—not bad for 4 days with a small sluice.
by Alan J. Chenworth
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Settlement hearings
• Fighting back
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
What to do with black sands
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Bacterial gold
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Can I treat a sample with muriatic acid?
by Chris Ralph
Swing and a Miss
A very good baseball hitter might get a hit roughly one time out of every three at-bats, but for prospectors often the results are much sparser and it may take many trips before the prospector hits a home run.
by Chris Ralph
Miners Fight Back Against Road Closures
In the meeting, we presented Ms. Skalski with the various court cases from the 9th Circuit Court on these settled law cases and she was mortified.
by Shannon Poe
The Giant King Mine
Most gold-bearing veins in this region are controlled by fractures associated with the Melones Fault, a late Cretaceous structure that is 108 to 127 million years old.
by W. Dan Hausel
BLM Flexes Its Muscles in Quartzsite
Somehow the Bureau of Land Management seems to have forgotten that they work for the people.
by Jane Alene Boyles
Over the Divide
Charles L. Butler
1920 - 2014
by Staff
Romancing the Lens
...a large number of these aspiring miners developing their operations seemed to have missed "Placer Mining 101" somewhere along the way.
by Robert Flounders
Gold Recovery with Centrifugal Bowls
Centrifugal bowls are very efficient, and with proper operation they can consistently achieve gold recoveries above 95% with gold of about 50 mesh size.
by Chris Ralph
Mining on the Comstock Lode
Even with the decades of mining and exploration, much of the Comstock is still underdeveloped and its potential not fully tapped.
by Alex Dolbeare
Want to Go to Australia?
Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
by Fred Mason
Representative Manweller Lends a Hand in Washington State
We're done watching as an unelected and unchecked bureaucracy, with rule-making authority, enforcement powers, and seemingly bottomless budgets abuses citizens at will.
by Scott Harn
Melman on Gold & Silver
Although there is no direct connection between the price of lumber and the precious metals, there is an important indirect one due to the importance of the housing market to overall economic activity.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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August 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 12)

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News from the Editor
Our goal is to reach out to the next generation of prospectors and miners who might prefer reading our monthly issues on their desktop computer or portable device.
by Scott Harn
Bawl Mill
• Lukewarm consensus among scientists regarding global warming
• Yet another example of why big government is NOT the answer...
• Everyone deserves a second chance...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• No Adventure Pass needed
• Supreme Court of Canada rules on aboriginal title claims
• No agreement reached in suction gold dredge permitting case
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
What are the tell signs of garnet deposits?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
Centrifugal bowls versus jigs
by Randy Smith
Conductive Minerals and Your Metal Detector
...most prospectors don't even think about the conductivity of minerals, but there are some that do conduct electricity to a certain degree, so metal detectors will respond to them.
by Chris Ralph
A Model Mining Operation
After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.
by Scott Harn
BLM Raises Location and Claim Fees
The Bureau of Land Management announced an increase in location filing fees and annual maintenance fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites and tunnel sites.
by Chris Ralph
I Finally Made It to Northern Nevada
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
by Fred Mason
Clarification on Oregon's SB838
The 100-yard restriction in SB838 actually applies to all motorized mining for the purpose of extracting gold, silver or any other precious metal that results in the disturbance of vegetation.
by Guest Writer
Drilling for Ore
In the simplest sense, drills can be divided by their mode of action—percussion, rotary or a mixture of the two.
by Bill Rich
Sniping for Drought Gold
There are not a lot of tools needed to get out and take advantage of the situation. Other than my wetsuit, I typically travel light with a gold pan, maybe a pry bar and a few crevice cleaning tools.
by Chris Ralph
Successful Rally for Suction Dredge Miners in Idaho
Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.
by Scott Harn
Over the Divide
Dr. Ralph E. Pray
by Staff
Gold Ores of the Delamar District, Nevada
Even as late as 1906, Delamar was second only to Tonopah and Goldfield in production outshining many better known areas. Since the first discoveries, more than 700,000 ounces of gold have been produced from the mines here.
by Chris Ralph
Melman on Gold & Silver
While most precious metals observers tend to pay more attention to action in the gold market as opposed to silver, there are times when the white metal can give us particularly sharp price targets going forward.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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September 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 1)

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The Bawl Mill
• Just a drop in the (coal) bucket
• Location, Location, Location...
• The "hard drive" for answers...

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Show of support needed for anti-EPA bills
• Arizona mining data now online
• California suction dredge hearings
• Update on Forest Service abuse in Washington
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
• What to prospect with on the Klamath River
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Using drywashers to work desert gravels
by Chris Ralph
Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging
...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.
by Shannon Poe
Gully Prospecting and Mining
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
by Don Robinson
Wilfley Tables—Repair, Rebuild & Set Up
I researched the Internet and found a number of table makers, but technology has changed in the last 25 years. No one could sell me a kit for a new deck with wooden riffles...
by Roger Neuscheler
Designing and Evaluating Placer Gold Recovery Plants
For this article, I am focusing on industrial production plants that can handle 10 cubic yards per hour or more and would be fed by a loader or other heavy equipment...
by Chris Ralph
Mining Journal Honored as Prospecting Magazine of the Year!
by Staff
Finding Streams of Gold
Without knowing or even thinking about it, I had put together a map that showed me a pattern of the ancient Sacramento River channel. I also had a distinct picture of where the ancient channels of several other creeks and rivers were running.
by Ray Mills
This is Why You Check Your Tailings
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
by Scott Harn
Lode or Placer: What Difference Does It Make?
This explains the large difference in particle sizes between placers and hydrothermal lode deposits, but also means that while the mining may be similar in some cases, the sampling and recovery techniques are usually quite different.
by Keith Bowen
New Rules to Impact the Lease/Buy Decision
Whether to buy or lease is a question facing many small-scale operators and prospectors even as credit becomes more readily available. While there is no one correct answer that fits every mining operation or business, compared to the simplicity of buying, leasing is far more complicated and may be getting more complex.
by Mark E. Battersby
There's a First Time for Everyone
...day one was like watching the Gold Rush television show. He furiously worked the nozzle in an up and down fashion that resembled Jack Hoffman sitting on a backhoe.
by Gary C. Earle
Appeals Court OKs Permits for Upper Peninsula Mine
The $800 million project will provide 300 jobs during production. It will be the only US mine where nickel is the primary targeted mineral, with about 360 million pounds to be extracted.
by John Flesher
Melman on Gold & Silver
...when we begin to observe what appears to be an early indication toward a more bullish stance in one of the major miners, that can reasonably provide us with a rising degree of optimism for the sector itself.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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October 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 2)

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The Bawl Mill
• Transparently bogus website
• Top lawyer hits bottom
• The wait at the DMV just got a lot longer
• Department of Tax Evasion
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• California dredging update
• Study: Sage grouse does not need protection
• Tennessee enacts harsh new gold prospecting regulations
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
• Where would I find a map for the Western states on high silica sand deposits?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• What's worth picking out of the pan besides gold?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Sweep speed and sensitivity settings for a GPX-4500
by Chris Ralph
Ganes Creek After The Flood
Doug told me that there had been a 100-year flood that took place in October of 2013 and it washed out part of the mile-long landing strip. It also washed a large, wide gully down below and above the camp.
by Steve Burris
Wake Up Voters! Oregon SB 838 Study Group Update
They want to close our roads on public land (built by taxpayer funds) to keep us and our disabled veterans out. And it won’t stop with just mining.
by Thom Seal, PhD, PE
Operation And Application Of Magnetometers
The technology used in these devices has advanced greatly in the last century. Many different types of physical effects are used to measure these magnetic fields and we will briefly look at some of these.
by Chris Ralph
A Trip to Morgan-Monroe State Forest of Indiana
Some experienced panners with the vigor and longevity to spend a full day panning in the small creeks and ravines can possibly find as much as a gram or more on a good day.
by Alex Dolbeare
The Pedro Gold Dredge
The decision was made to move the dredge intact, a massive undertaking indeed. The goal was to move it only one mile to the Busby’s Chicken Gold Camp, but what a mile that was to be.
by Steve Herschbach
Detecting Alone -- What to Look For
I figure there are a lot of new people out there who have the same question. I will try to give some answers that hopefully will give you more confidence in finding your own spots.
by Ray Mills
Over the Divide: John A. Miscovich
Mining “giant” John A. Miscovich died August 22, 2014, at the age of 96. He was the well-known inventor of the “Intelligiant” water cannon.
by Staff
What Equipment Do I Need?
Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment. 
by Chris Ralph
Why Did This Silver Mine Close?
Bad management, cave-ins, the lack of adequate capitalization, bad winters—the list of possible scenarios that might have closed a mine is a long one.

by Bill Rich
Melman on Gold & Silver
...for the most part, visible price inflation has remained dormant for the most of that period of time. This state of affairs would appear to contradict both monetary history and typical cause and effect reasoning. Even the Fed has expressed some surprise and concern regarding the matter.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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November 2014 (Vol. 84, No. 3)

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The Bawl Mill
• Skeletons in the closet
• Stop horsing around!
• Know your veggies!
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Big win by a California suction gold dredger
• Administration locks up another popular gold mining area
• BLM creates de facto wilderness without Congressional approval
by Scott Harn
What Can I Do to Save My Mining Rights?
We can either surrender or draw a line in the sand and fight to hold the remaining mining rights we still have.
by Chris Ralph
Gemstones to Die For
Some gems can potentially poison you, make you sterile and even make you forget who you are.
by W. Dan Hausel
The Dredge Report
As a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, I’m not allowed to talk about specifics in the court-ordered negotiations currently underway in San Bernardino. However, I do want to let you know we are making progress…
by Ron Kliewer
Guinea Africa: Gold, Ebola, and A Monkey Barbecue
Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
by Bryon Tolle
Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits
Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.
by Alex Dolbeare
The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold
A large, 8-pennyweight piece popped out of a very small crevice where the water had been extremely swift in the winter, leaving no visible gravel.
by Don Robinson
Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II
During the mid-1800s until about 1920, the settlers of the West tended to be quite optimistic, but in reality they flew with a wing and a prayer.
by Bill Rich
A Golden Summer
His take of gold was pretty close to what mine was—about a quarter of an ounce. We had just gleaned about half an ounce of gold in just twenty minutes.
by Ray Mills
California State and US National Panning Championships
Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
by Don Robinson
Melman on Gold & Silver
I find it difficult to recall a period when the world has encountered so many simultaneous threats which “should” have driven gold and silver higher, and yet the precious metals markets—so far—have failed to rally to any significant extent.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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