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April 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 8)

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The Bawl Mill
• The EPA is in your bathroom!
• Russians fund US environmental groups
by Staff
Our Readers Say
Then I had one of my worst experiences as a prospector when I visited the US Forest Service office for this area.

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Positive bill passes House
• Anti-mining bill dies in Washington State
by Scott Harn
Ask The Experts
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts
• Two questions: Is fool's gold magnetic? And how do you go about filing a miing claim?
by Chris Ralph
Exploring Snakehead
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
by Don Robinson
One of the Richest Beaches Ever Mined
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
by Jim Halloran
Prospecting for Gold in Baja California
It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.
by Gabriel Morales
What's All This Talk About Mining Districts?
The main problem with the current scheme is that regulatory agencies often consult with you, then disregard your concerns and do what they want anyway.
by Scott Harn
The Power of Mining Districts
...Most importantly, the mining districts can open the federal land to multiple-use by the public on principles of inclusion rather than the present-day exclusions...
by Clark Pearson
What is a Mining Right?
A mining right is a powerful and not commonly understood concept that is all too often watered down by agency regulatory interference...
by Clark Pearson
The Gold, Silver and Base Metal Mines of Eureka, Nevada
...the area around Eureka, Nevada is well mineralized and seems to have a bright potential for future production of all sorts of metals.
by Chris Ralph
Jadeite in California
...two jadeite locations in California have been thoroughly researched by geologists. There are no doubt others that lie in wait.
by Bill Rich
Tips for Detecting Nugget Patches
Certainly many other successful nugget hunters have mentioned these methods; hopefully I can add to or clarify these methods.

by Fred Mason
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
State Lends Help to County in Nevada Road Fight
Nevada’s attorney general for the first time is joining a rural county in a 15-year-old legal battle...
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
…the general investment community has turned away from mining shares over the past three years and moved whole-heartedly into conventional investments.
by Leonard Melman
Utah Approves funds to Fight Feds
Republican legislators say the funding is necessary to protect state interests...
by Associated Press

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March 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 7)

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The Bawl Mill
• A sobering revelation
• "Greenbacks" for green energy
by Staff
Our Readers Say
by Staff
Ask The Experts
Q: Does gold get stuck in the crucible?
by Steve Hamilton
Ask The Experts
Q: Conflicting advice on motorized small-scale mining equipment
by Jan Alexander
Ask The Experts
Q: Is this gold or some other metal?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Flurry of new bills in Congress
• Gold mining bills in Washington State
• Idaho suction dredging bill
• California suction dredging update
• PLP fundraising drive

by Scott Harn
Just Another Ordinary Weekend
There was no evidence that anyone else had ever worked this gully with the exception of some old sample piles near the foot of the ravine.

by Adam Harper
Small-Scale Hard Rock Mining With Water Recycling
Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.
by Bruce Mann
The Paragenesis of Gold & Silver Deposits
…if you are game for digging in and learning more about the intricate details of how gold deposits form, then let’s jump right in.
by Chris Ralph
Getting A Successful Start in Metal Detecting for Gold
Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
by Michael Greyshock
Placer Mining At Chititu Creek, Alaska
There is reason to believe these stream valleys are still rich with gold, silver and copper.
by Jim Halloran
Gold Rush Continues in Africa
…some miners are doing exceptionally well… with a few obtaining amounts estimated in the millions of dollars.
by Chris Ralph
Gold Refining In The Ancient World
One thing that stood out for me is that Agricola was very specific about the type of metal or wood in the implements and vessels that were to be used.

by Bill Rich
Tasers and Mining Don't Mix
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
by Shannon Poe
Thinking Outside The Creek
Imagine for a minute the year is 1850. You’ve read and heard that gold was discovered in California and the creeks are so rich you can just scoop it up with your hands.
by Shannon Poe
Melman on Gold & Silver
…money creation by central banks… could even accelerate further as governments desperately seek to stimulate some sort of powerful economic growth. Historically, rapid money creation rates have been positive for gold and silver.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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February 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 6)

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The Bawl Mill
• From NASA, with warmest regards
• Anything new to report?
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Comments needed on another BLM management plan
• AEMA joins with others in lawsuit asking court to set aside illegal settlement

by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
• How to find info on a particular mining claim
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Drones for the independent prospector
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Is this old mining story too good to be true?
by Chris Ralph
Mining Community Loses A Great Leader: Gerald "Jerry" Hobbs
He certainly wasn’t afraid of a fight or a court battle, and he didn’t back away from calling out those who tried to compromise the rights of miners.
by Scott Harn
Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption
Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”
by Scott Harn
Metal Detector Testing Methods
It will not be any easier than on your table at home, and so testing a very small test target like the ballpoint pen can tell you immediately if a detector is suitable for looking for tiny gold nuggets.

by Steve Herschbach
The Silver, Gold and Gemstones of Candelaria, Nevada
The Candelaria area is of interest to prospectors not just for silver, gold and other metals, but also for the beautiful gemstones found there.
by Chris Ralph
Mining for Non-Geologists Field Trip Offered by GSN
The three-day trip will be led by long-time and well-respected Nevada consulting geologist Buster Hunsaker and will include tours of active gold, copper and industrial mineral mines, as well as stops that will examine new exploration and closure projects.
by J. A. Kizis, Jr.
Gold in The Silver Crown District, Wyoming
When my field assistant Jay Roberts and I entered the mine, it appeared as if someone just walked out of the mine, turned off the lights and never returned.
by W. Dan Hausel
Prospecting for Surface Flood Gold Placers on Low and Intermediate Gradient Streams
Sample panning is a very important method used to find the richest parts of a flood gold deposit before setting up equipment and running material.

by Alex Dolbeare
Introduction to Meteorites
The distribution of meteorites across the planet was, at one time, thought to be random and unpredictable.

by Mike Lucas
Money In, Money Out
With conventional financing still difficult to obtain, it is little wonder that “self-financing” is the number one form of financing used by small business owners, miners and prospectors.
by Mark E. Battersby
Uniting The Small Miners
Have you ever wondered what it is going to take to stop the insanity of politicians and environmental groups from taking away our rights?
by Shannon Poe
Melman on Gold & Silver
Why, if America’s economic performance is advancing steadily…are two especially sensitive and widely-used commodities performing so poorly?
by Leonard Melman

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January 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 5)

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The Bawl Mill
• Congressional "over"-spending bill is big win for big money
• Weapons of mass expenditure
• US taxpayers can celebrate yet another milestone
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Some positives in spending bill
• Judge puts brakes on the EPA in Alaska
• Judge to rule in favor of suction gold dredgers
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts
• Should I introduce mercury in the centrifugal bowl to aid gold recovery?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• Is the Spenceville Wildlife area open to prospecting?
by Don Robinson
Ask the Experts
• How do I clean up gold encrusted with iron-sulfides?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts
• How do I get mining claims appraised?
by Chris Ralph
Return to Chicken, Alaska
I figured it would be quite conservative of me to shoot for about four ounces of gold instead of the twelve ounces I had found in 2013.
by Steve Herschbach
How to Field Evaluate A Placer Property
If there is misleading wording anywhere, it will be in the sample data and in reserve/resource estimates.
by Jim Halloran
The Pothole Patch
"Suh-wheet!" I exclaimed as I sprang to my feet and quickly pumped my detector coil high overhead to alert Smokey that I had just found a nugget.
by Lunk
All About Pyrite
Most prospectors learn early that pyrite is fool's gold...but the truth is it can be an excellent indicator mineral for gold and in many cases does contain small amounts of gold.
by Chris Ralph
Diamond Prospecting in Indiana
My first personal experience with placer diamonds was on a gold prospecting trip in Indiana about 8 years ago, when a fellow prospector was cleaning his gold concentrates.
by Alex Dolbeare
Significant Progress for California Suction Gold Dredgers
It was a milestone day in the battle to maintain the rights of miners to dredge on federal mining claims in California.
by Ron Kliewer
Why Did This Silver Mine Close? -Conclusion
Strategic metals that are found mostly in lead-zinc-silver ores are antimony, arsenic, bismuth, gallium, germanium and tellurium.
by Bill Rich
The Ely Copper-Gold District of Nevada
The main ore deposits of the Ely district are associated with an east-west belt of altered and mineralized rocks measuring about one mile wide that extends 8 miles westward from Ely.
by Chris Ralph
Melman on Gold & Silver
The question of relentless government payouts continues to haunt the political system.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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