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February 2016 (Vol. 95, No. 06)

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The Bawl Mill
• "Fast and Furious" investigation slowly moving forward
• EPA needs to be held accountable
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• California suction dredging trial resumes
• USFS tries unique method to restrict gold dredging in Idaho
• Defiant dredgers tell State of Oregon to “drop dead”

by Scott Harn
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Designing my own dredge...
by Chris Ralph
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How do I extract my gold from this ore?
by Chris Ralph
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Any good books on mineralized faults and contacts?
by Chris Ralph
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Is there a reasonable and cost effective way to separate out the values?
by Chris Ralph
The Art of Underwater Nugget Shooting
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
by Michael Matus
Gold in Quartz
Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.
by Chris Ralph
Northwestern Alaska Mineral Resources
Gold and jade are actually only minor mineral resources for the Northwestern Alaska region as a whole. Modern prospecting has focused more on base metal than precious metal resources.
by Steve Herschbach
A Family Quest for Gold
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
by Tom Leftwich
MMAC & PLP Update
We are quite pleased to report there are some courageous miners who have taken the time to learn their rights and have gone back to dredging while knowing they could be unlawfully harassed at any time by law enforcement…
by Scott Harn
The Fire Assay of Carbon
Carbon, activated charcoal, or “char,” as some old timers refer to it, can be an assayer’s nightmare.
by Hank Chapman, Jr.
Determining the Amount of Gold in Rich Ores
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
by Chris Ralph
Melman on Gold & Silver
If precious metals miners and prospectors were looking for a series of dramatic events to usher in the first two weeks of 2016, they have not been disappointed.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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January 2016 (Vol. 85, No. 05)

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The Bawl Mill
• "Like" if you're for corruption
• "Historic investment" statement has a few holes in it
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• More roadblocks in southern California
• Greater Sage-grouse withdrawals
by Scott Harn
Ask The Experts
Viewing details on Google Earth
by Chris Ralph
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Gold nuggets and serpentine contacts
by Chris Ralph
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What are these rocks?
by Chris Ralph
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Gold left in Rye Patch by the time I retire?
by Chris Ralph
Detector Prospecting Accessories
One of the first things to consider but that many people ignore is ergonomics. Prospecting for gold can involve long hours, often for days or weeks on end.

by Steve Herschbach
Electrum: Gold and Silver Together
...if you are out prospecting and find something that looks very much like a nugget but has an odd greenish-gray cast to it, don’t be too quick to simply toss it aside as junk.
by Chris Ralph
MMAC & PLP Update
I’ve received quite a few inquiries from miners who are beginning to realize that traditional Mining Districts are powerful entities and they are looking to get their district organized if it’s in disarray.
by Scott Harn
Drywashing Arizona Gold
His findings were not exaggerated—after running 82 buckets of gravels in two days we had a remarkable 27.8 grams of gold!
by Adam H
Mineralized Faults and Contacts in the Search for Gold
Fault zones and rock contacts are important because the vast majority of gold and silver deposits, as well as those of many other metals, are formed by hot, mineralized water solutions.

by Chris Ralph
Sunshine and Gold
His eyes were gleaming and he was smiling as he dropped his first piece of gold into my hand. It was a small, earring-size nugget, and he had found it almost immediately.

by Ray Mills
A Successful Trip Through Gold Basin
This time we took the detectors. Roger had worked that spot very well and wanted to see if my new detector would uncover any gold he might have missed.
by Fred Mason
Oregon Miners File for Summary Judgment
On November 30, 2015, the Galice Mining District (with the support of the Waldo Mining District), along with several Oregon mining associations and individuals, filed a Motion for Summary Judgment against the State of Oregon and SB 838...
by Tom Kitchar
The Significance of Nuggets in Placers
Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.
by Jim Halloran
The Strange History of the Utica Mine
In the summer of 1854, John Selkirk, a discouraged placer miner who was down on his luck and ready to go back to Massachusetts, tied his mule up in a gulch north of what is now downtown Angel's Camp.
by Staff
Forest Service Seeks to Lock Miners Out in South Dakota
by Associated Press
Maitland Bar Nugget to Go On Display
The box sat in a hallway and employees began using it for impromptu cricket games, no knowing what it contained.
by Scott Harn
Company Says Central Idaho Project Feasible
...the federal agency is intrigued by a plan that might result in cleaning up the area without cost to taxpayers.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
...a presentation of these important trends—which coincidentally have dominated the recent news—and my resultant predictions for 2016 and beyond, will make up the majority of this column.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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