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January 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 5)

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The Bawl Mill
• Expensive bags will be around for a long time
• Year-end spending frenzy begins
• Illinois goes to the Democrats

by Scott Harn
From the Editor
There are several news items of interest here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.
by Scott Harn
Our Readers Say
• "Roll-Front Uranium Deposits"
• "I'm glad your (web)site exists..."
by Staff
Forest Occupancy Decision Stands—US Forest Service Withdraws Appeal
In the July 2003 issue we reported on the case of Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and Ken Waggener (“PLP Members Win Occupancy Case—Appeals Continue”). The two miners were cited for occupying their...
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Small miners address Washington State Senators
• Recent IBLA decisions
• SEIS available for comment
• BLM to redo CBM study
• California forgets why it's known as "The Golden State"
by Staff
World Gold Council Launches New Gold Bullion Securities
Thanks to the efforts of the World Gold Council (WGC), investors in the yellow metal now have an excellent new way in which to participate in gold’s price movements.
by Leonard Melman
Epithermal Gold-Quartz Veins
The great mining geologist Waldemar Lindgren used the word “epithermal” to describe a type of quartz vein commonly found in desert regions of the United States and Mexico.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Gold in Arkansas
Arkansas has an area of over 53,000 square miles, with a population of over 2.3 million. Natural vegetation consists of hardwood forests where not cleared for agriculture or urbanization.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Picks & Pans: Winter Prospecting and "Forty Mile" Miller
It was in the mid-70s. I had just finished setting my traps out along the river when it dawned on me where “Forty Mile” Miller’s old hardrock outcrop was. Here I was, standing on snowshoes, floundering in three feet of snow, bracing myself so I wouldn’t...
by Ron Wendt
Company Eyes Reopening Mine Near Troy
Revett Silver Company, formerly Sterling Mining Company, hopes to reopen a dormant copper and silver mine near Troy, Montana, in the next six months because higher copper prices have made the operation practical, an executive said.
by Bob Anez
ICMJ's 13th Annual Photo Contest
Once again we'd like to thank the many participants in our annual photo contest.  Picking our favorite ten photos is never an easy task, as there were so many great photos from which to choose.
by Staff
Company Notes
• Newmont Mining Corp.
• Manhattan Minerals Corp.
• Phelps Dodge Corp.
• Gammon Lake Resources Inc.
• Glamis Gold Ltd.
• Quadra Mining Ltd.
• Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Ltd.
by Staff
A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part V (Conclusion)
This is the primary geological and mineral assessment agency in the US. Part of the Department of the Interior, the Geological Survey, often just called “The Survey” or USGS, has been in business since its founding in the 1800s. This means you can obtain publications all way the back to the early days of the survey...
by Lawrence Dee
The Golden Highway—Calaveras County
Heading north along Highway 49 into the central Mother Lode, the first old mining town in Calaveras County was Melones, located along the banks of the Stanislaus River. The town was named for the unique coarse gold flakes found in the gravels that resembled melon seeds, hence the name that came from the Mexican miners.
by Frank Lorey III
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
Last month saw a veritable mountain of good economic news come pouring out of government and industry. Industrial production was up; GDP rose strongly; unemployment rates came down; profits were up; consumer confidence readings rose; etc., etc., etc. And yet, strangely enough, the financial markets produced only a “molehill” of results.
by Leonard Melman

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February 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 6)

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The Bawl Mill
• Stinks like limburger
• Auditors get audited
• Will you be able to afford to retire?
• The $200,000 crow

by Scott Harn
Our Readers Say
"...large advances have been made in the field of micron gold recovery..."
"I enjoy the technical information..."
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Comments needed for proposed wilderness in southern Arizona
• Miner wins in court; Forest Service appeals
• BLM directors held accountable
• CBM lawsuit may change venue
by Staff
Buying or Investing in Mineral Properties
Mineral properties are constantly being offered through Realtors, magazine ads, and the Internet. They always sound as if they abound in mineral values, but how can you determine if they are really worth the asking price or if they have any value at all?
by Lawrence Dee
The Joy of Prospecting
I have been prospecting and mining for gold, both as a hobby and as an occupation, for nearly 30 years. From the deep green forests to the rolling sagebrush hills, few people see as much of America’s wide-open spaces as I do.
by Chris Ralph
Company Notes
• TVI Pacific Inc.
• Sherwood Mining Corp.
• Rubicon Minerals Corp.
• Planet Exploration Inc.
• Goldcorp Inc.
• Placer Dome Inc.
• Wolfden Resources Inc.
• Redstar Gold Corp.
• Oretcch Inc.
• Goldspring Inc.
• McWatters Mining Inc.
• Cambior Inc.
by Staff
Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp
Leon was leading the way as we hiked the trail out of North Canyon. Without any warning Leon leaped into the air. He had just spotted a big rattlesnake lying in the grass beside the trail.
by John Anderson
Old-Time Mining Geology Books
Geology books are best used by geologists, but many of the old-time books can be understood by most anyone who has an interest in rocks and minerals. Certain words or phrases may stump the layman, but just skip those parts and go on to the portions of the books that are easily understood. Some of the old-time mining geology books should be in every small miner’s collection.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Ask the Experts: Recommended Reading—Part I
We asked several writers and professionals to recommend their favorite books or publications that they thought would benefit prospectors and miners. Each recommendation is followed by a rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced prospector or miner, or a rating of “general” (for all levels).
by Staff
The Tangential Impulse Water Wheel in California Gold Mining History—Part I
The modern tangential impulse water wheel, a device best suited for hydroelectric power production where high water head is available, is an ingenious device born in the historic gold mining industry of California in the 19th Century.
by Guest Writer
Consider Adding Gold to Your Portfolio
One of the biggest surprises on Wall Street during 2003 was the extraordinary performance of gold-oriented mutual funds—investments that normally fall as the stock market rises.
by Associated Press
US Files Charges Against Gold Refiner
Authorities filed criminal charges against one of the largest gold refiners in the United States, accusing the company of participating in an illegal, $4.5 million money-laundering operation involving tainted gold from South America for at least four months.
by Associated Press
Gold in Australia
Australia is an island continent between the Pacific and Indian Oceans that is nearly 3 million square miles in area. Some 20 million people, mostly of British descent, live on the island, especially in coastal areas and in five major cities along the...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Gold in Rotten Rock
Rotten rock (saprolite) can be found in all warm, humid regions, but is best developed in humid, subtropical climates, like that found in the American South. Outwardly, it looks like bedrock, but upon closer inspection, it can be seen that roots penetrate it and that it can be worked with a shovel or hydraulic monitor.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Restoring the Rule of Law to US Mining
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) sponsored the Federal Agency Compliance Act (S-1166) in the 105th Congress to prevent bureaucrats from abusing their office by ignoring federal case law. This legislation apparently failed, but is still needed. During the Clinton administration, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt illegally directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to...
by Don Fife
Melman on Gold & Silver
To paraphrase the great Sir Winston Churchill, it would appear that, “Never have so many been so happy about so much!” Investors in stocks are happy; investors in gold are happy; investors in commodities, real estate, government bonds and even airline and utility stocks are happy. Productivity is growing; inflation appears to be diminishing and...
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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March 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 7)

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The Bawl Mill
• Nearly half their income goes to the government...
• Prison life has its priviledges

by Staff
Our Readers Say
"...too many take the easy way out..."
• " Gold in Arkansas" was especially helpful to me.

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• GAO opinion contradicts Norton-Leavitt road deal
• Cubin wages battle over public lands decisions
• Washington State rivers are open, work continues
• Recent FWS habitat, endangered or threatened proposals
by Staff
Fair and Balanced? If You Have the Cash
Have you ever wondered how misinformation about gold mining makes its way into the mainstream publications and news sources? Recently I stumbled across a “news” story that was pure rhetoric.
by Scott Harn
Pocket Gold in Gneiss
Metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist are known for their pocket gold deposits. Such pockets may not be large enough for major mining operations, but may be very rewarding for individuals or small companies. Gold-bearing quartz veins may cut gneiss or schist, but often the veins parallel the bedding, or foliation. The origin of mineralized veins, which parallel the foliation, has been kicked around for years.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Australian Prospector Detects 150-Ounce Nugget
We’ll call this prospector “Bill.” Bill found the nuggets pictured in a gully in Victoria’s Golden Triangle, where everyone had been detecting for more than twenty-five years. Many good nuggets were found in this gully over the years, and whenever...
by Jim Foster
The Tangential Impulse Water Wheel in California Gold Mining History—Part II
Even before Pelton relocated in San Francisco in 1888, many other competitive foundries and machine shops chose to enter the water wheel market. These firms were already busy with the mining trade, producing hoists, stamp mills, ore carts, Cornish pumps, crushers, grinders, compressors and drills.
by Guest Writer
Picks & Pans: Dredging After The Flood
It was dredging season, 1997, after the catastrophic flood had hit us in January—a flood that took out bridges, roadways, undermined the railroad tracks in several places, and isolated us in the town of Quincy, California, for a week. The fog was so thick that planes couldn’t even land at the airport.
by Gordon Wieczorek
Mining Industry Enthusiastic About Prospects
Vancouver, British Columbia, became the focus of the international mining community for five exciting days in late January as two conventions catering to the precious metals mining community were held just blocks apart from each other. And, while they both had differing emphases, each convention attracted unprecedented numbers of participants.
by Leonard Melman
Looking For Gold in All The Right Places
Let’s assume you are an aspiring or amateur prospector and start this article with a question: What is the single most important piece of prospecting equipment that you should carry at all times in your car, truck or RV?
by Orest Protch
Fraser Institute Ranks Best Regions for Mining Investment
Attractive geology does not guarantee mining investment if a region’s policies are bad, say mining executives surveyed in the seventh Annual Survey of Mining Companies released by The Fraser Institute.
by Associated Press
Ask the Experts: Recommended Reading—Part II
We asked several writers and professionals to recommend their favorite books or publications that they thought would benefit prospectors and miners. Each recommendation is followed by a rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced prospector or miner, or a rating of “general” (for all levels).
by Staff
Red Lake, Ontario
The mining and logging community of Red Lake, Ontario, population 5,000, is about 450 miles, as the crow flies, north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Company Notes
• Barrick Gold Corp
• Randgold Resources
• Pacific Gold Corp
• World Ventures Inc
• Acadian Gold Corp
• Phelps Dodge Corp
• Timberline Resources Corp
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
As noted on page 26 of this publication, your columnist spent five days in January immersed in two important conventions regarding precious metals mining and, of all the pieces of information bandied about within the mining community, one unbelievable set of numbers, little known or noticed by the public—but of immense potential impact on our world of gold and silver...
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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April 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 8)

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The Bawl Mill
• New Zealanders know how to spend taxpayer money, too
• The anti-terrorism television
• Diverting federal funds...
• Finally! Your tax dollars truly at work for you

by Staff
Our Readers Say
• Re: "Designation of Critical Habitat Provides Little Additional Protection to Species"
• Re: "Fair and Balanced?  If You Have the Cash"
• Re: "The Joy of Prospecting"
• Re: "Texas Hill Country Gold"
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Important court decisions that affect miners
• Move to repeal I-137
• Comments needed tin southern California
by Staff
Wyoming—A Land That Time (And Explorationists) Forgot
Wyoming is a vast state, covering nearly 260,000 km2 of surface area, which houses fewer people than most cities (less than 500,000 call Wyoming home). The state has no state income tax, is driven by taxes generated by the oil and gas...
by W. Dan Hausel
Two Arrested in Alleged Mining Investment Scheme
The US attorney’s office indicted Diana Flaherty, of Las Vegas, and Michael Gardiner, of San Diego, in connection with a securities fraud scheme. According the indictment, Flaherty, and her husband Robert (now deceased), had managed Phoenix Metals USA II. Gardiner is identified as a company shareholder.
by Staff
Wall-Rock Alteration
Wall-rock (country rock) alteration is found in all hard-rock mining districts and has been caused by hydrothermal solutions in the past history of the region. The zones of alteration have a bearing on where one might drill for ore bodies. The weekend prospector does not have the tools nor knowledge to block out ore deposits, but he can narrow down his search dramatically by understanding the zones of wall-rock alteration that he sees.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Melman Reports From PDAC—News About India, China, and a Potential Shortage of Nickel
PDAC’s (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) annual convention held each spring in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is generally regarded as the largest and most impressive annual gathering of the mining industry in the world.
by Leonard Melman
Picks & Pans: Family's Identity Forged Working Nevada's Gold
My mother stands in the desert, a hot wind kicking up puffs in the sand around her feet. She’s staring hard at the rusted buckets, weathered boards and mine shafts scattered throughout the sagebrush, concentrating, and I can tell she’s not really here. Not here now, at least. She is here 65 years ago. And this is not a long-abandoned ghost town at the end of a dirt road in one of Nevada’s endless stretches of nowhere.
by Kevin Fagan
Researching Suitable Areas to Detect for Free-Milling Gold
For hundreds, even thousands of years, gold has brought forth the worst as well as the best in the cultures of the world. It has pitted country against country, man against man, and brother against brother. There are countless tales...
by Jim Straight
A Working Arrastra
If everything you see, the men, the animals, the crude mechanism that grinds gold from rock, everything around you, looks to be from centuries ago, if the mysterious sound you hear is pure history and the smell around you is primitive, if the earth beneath your feet quivers with untold strangeness; and, the taste in your mouth sweeps time out of mind then, if all of this happens at once, if every one of your five senses has taken you into the past, then you’ve traveled back in time.
by Dr. Ralph E. Pray
Training Videos From NIOSH
Mining safety professionals can take advantage of training videos provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
by Staff
The Golden Highway—Amador County
Leaving sprawling Calaveras County, California, and heading north, the next county along the Golden Highway (Hwy 49) is tiny Amador County. Packed into it’s roughly twenty-five mile stretch of the historical roadway are some of the most charming, scenic towns that will be encountered along the whole way. This stretch was also home to some of the richest gold placers during the gold rush, a fact not lost on those who still try their hand at panning and dredging today.
by Frank Lorey III
Prospectores Unite in Washington State
West coast prospectors and dredgers gathered for an informal meeting following the Washington Prospectors Mining Association tradeshow in late February to discuss common problems and solutions inherent to the group.
by Staff
Flexible Circuits Possible From Gold Wire
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said they have constructed electronic circuits that can stretch like rubber. Possible uses include  wearable electronics or artificial nerves.
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
This past month certainly had its share of attention-grabbing headlines starting with the overwhelming wins by (presumed) Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry of Massachusetts. He effectively swept aside all opposition in a series of Democratic primary election wins from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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May 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 9)

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The Bawl Mill
• National "Perk" Service
• Can't see the forest through the trees
• Outsourcing the sauce
• I'll be there in "spirit"

by Staff
Economic Analysis on Critical Habitat for Bull Trout
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has released the economic analysis and reopened the comment period for their proposal to designate critical habitat for the bull trout in 18,469 river miles and 532,721 acres of lake and reservoir habitat across the Western states.
by Scott Harn
Prospecting for Copper
This article deals with copper exploration, but it is relevant to exploration for other minerals. I will use the geology of the Copper Creek area in Pinal County, Arizona, as an example.
by John Rothermel
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Comments needed for Washington's Buckhorn Mountain
• Rep. Gibbons goes to bat for Nevada
• More land acquisition on the way?
• IBLA rules in favor of miner
• Comment on critical habitat proposed in the Mojave Desert
by Staff
US Mining Industry Outlook Brighter
Smaller exploration and development companies, many of which were international, were driven out of the US during the Clinton era and are now looking for signs that it’s safe to come back. Policy changes, rising metal prices, a weakened dollar and a more positive hiring forecast may be the most attractive set of signs the industry has seen in years.
by Daniel Jensen
Gold in the Chinle Formation
The Chinle Formation, of Triassic age, underlies about 100,000 square miles in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. It adds to the scenic grandeur of the great Colorado Plateau province, noted for its high cliffs and deep canyons.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Gold Dredgers Rescue Threatened Fish
Gold dredgers were enlisted in an effort to salvage a rare stretch of chum salmon spawning grounds along the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
by Staff
Gold Mine Plans Upheld in Lawsuit
Officials for the largest gold producing company in the world claimed a significant legal victory over environmentalists who they accused of abusing the appeals process to thwart mining in Nevada.
by Associated Press
DOI Computers Back Online
You may have noticed that the Department of Interior’s (DOI) computers were disconnected for about 10 days during mid-March. The disconnected Internet service prevented miners and prospectors from accessing numerous online files, including all Bureau of Land Management websites and mining claim systems.
by Staff
Picks & Pans: Nuggets by the Dozen in Alaska
Jeff Reed may be Alaska’s top nugget hunter, or maybe he’s one of many. He doesn’t get skunked too often. In the past two years, he’s estimated he’s found about 3,000 gold nuggets primarily at the...
by Ron Wendt
Historical Mining Methods
The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 started the great gold rush to California. The account that drew national and worldwide notice was a small, two-inch item at the bottom of the front page of the March 15, 1848 issue of the “Californian,” published in San Francisco. The article was attributed to B.R. Buckelew, and mentioned quantities of gold just being “gathered.”
by Frank Lorey III
The Elusive Mother Lode
With history so often repeating itself, you can’t go wrong searching for gold using modern exploration techniques and exploration theories in regions of historic gold activity.
by Lloyd Brewer
Clarence King, Geologist
Clarence King was born in Rhode Island in 1842, the son of a businessman. His father died when he was 6, so he was raised by his mother. She wanted to have Clarence attend the very best schools, and even moved in order to have him in the best district. She gave him a magnifying glass on his 7th birthday, and this led to his discovery of fossil ferns in neighborhood rocks.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
A very famous quote that appears particularly relevant to the past month is one attributed to former British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. When asked what could most easily derail a government, he replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” We certainly had events in abundance this past month.
by Leonard Melman

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June 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 10)

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The Bawl Mill
• Bachelor of Science or just B.S.?
• Monster makes the list
• An unexpected souvenir
• Candidate has bad timing

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Salmon populations and the ESA
• Miners need to get involved in Utah
by Staff
Higher Copper Price Brings Hope, Jobs
Buoyed by higher copper prices, Chino Mines is reopening its ore concentrator and hiring workers.
by Associated Press
Zeballos Gold Camp, British Columbia
The mining and logging camp of Zeballos (pop. 272) is located on an arm of Esperanza Inlet, on the southwest side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Vancouver Island is 301 miles, by road, and reaches elevations as high as 7,249 feet.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Agreement Allows Pogo Mine to Resume Construction
An agreement between developer Teck-Pogo and an environmental group will allow construction work to resume on the Pogo gold mine.
by Associated Press
Treasure Hawk Mine Back in Action
Some of you may recall our article on the cleanup of the Treasure Hawk Mine claims in our August 2000 issue. Much has happened since then. Cutthroat Mining Corporation has completed all major restoration projects and...
by Staff
Oregon Dredgers Receive Threats From Environmentalists
Oregon dredgers have been receiving notices of intent to sue for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC).
by Scott Harn
Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part I
While most small-scale prospectors and miners focus their energies on placer deposits, most large mining companies put their efforts primarily into hard rock mining. Although many miners may see these as two separate worlds that can never meet, a better understanding of hard rock mining for small operators can be very helpful in many ways.
by Chris Ralph
Mood at Calgary Conference is Subdued, But Optomistic
Calgary is truly one of Canada’s most exciting, dynamic cities, with its geographical location in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and its financial status as the heart and soul of the Canadian petroleum industry. It was in this exciting city that many of the mining industry’s leading experts and investors gathered recently.
by Leonard Melman
Reinventing the Wheel—The Infinity-Jet
To all the miners who read the article, “New Life for the Suction Dredge,” printed in the December 2003 issue of ICMJ, I have an amusing update for you. I periodically go through my old back issues and I found the December 1981 issue very interesting.
by Reggie Gould
Company Notes
• Capital Hill Gold
• Calais Resources
• Copper Ridge Explorations
• Randgold Resources
• Linux Gold Corp.
• Diamond Discoveries International
by Stan D'Orio
Endangered Species Act is a Mess
You’ve likely read about some of the problems with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Legislative Update section, and in previous issues of our publication. The problems never seem to end, and it is way past the time for reform. A current story highlights some of these problems.
by Scott Harn
Placer Platinum
The platinum group metals (PGMs) are divided into three that are “light,” about the same atomic weight as silver, and three that are “heavy,” about the same atomic weight as gold. The three light PGMs are ruthenium, rhodium, and palladium, and the three heavy PGMs are osmium, iridium, and platinum.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Here Come the MineBots
In March 2004, Vulcan, a mine exploring robot from the Discovery Miner Program, was shipped to the Vulture City region to investigate the conditions of an abandoned hard rock mine. The shaft was typical of the dangerous mines that are...
by Rolando R. Gutierrez
Agency Gives Initial Backing to Kensington Mine
A state funding agency has given the initial OK to financing $20 million in debt to move the Kensington gold project near Juneau toward becoming a working mine.
by Associated Press
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
It’s amazing how a few pictures could place an entire Presidential Administration on the defensive, yet that is exactly what has happened during the past month with the publication of the photos out of Iraq, which presumably show American soldiers engaging in acts of torture, humiliation and ridicule inflicted on their Iraqi prisoners.
by Leonard Melman
Brits Thwart Robbery of Gold and Cash
Armed officers arrested seven men near Heathrow Airport after they had overpowered staff at a warehouse holding £80 million ($236 million) in gold and cash and began loading gold into the back of a van.
by Associated Press

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July 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 11)

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The Bawl Mill
• Government discovers new method to subsidize airlines
• California uses environmentalists' favorite tool against them
• Delayed gratification
• Hold my seat; I'll be right back...

by Staff
Mining Claim Fees Are Going Up
The Northwest Mining Association reports that the claim maintenance fee for 2004-2005 will be raised.
by Staff
Our Readers Say
• Re: Comments needed for Bull Trout critical habitat (May 2004)
• Re: Recommended reading
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Enviros lose in Utah, but is this a win for miners?
• BLM slates July meetings for Cortez Gold Mine
• ESA comments needed
• NMFS hatchery policy angers ESA critics
by Staff
Buell Park Pipe, Arizona
One of the world’s largest kimberlite pipes is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona. The pipe is larger than any diamond-bearing pipe in South Africa. It is 16 miles north of Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Mines and Money
The “Mines and Money” gathering, held in Vancouver, BC, on May 20-21, was geared toward the upper levels of world mining executives. As such, the presentations were of a different nature than any of the gatherings covered in our publication earlier this year.
by Leonard Melman
Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part II
A better understanding of hard rock mining methods and knowing a little about how these mines work can help the individual prospector to understand reports and stories about both modern and historic mine operations.
by Chris Ralph
Two Nevada Mines Look to Supply Own Power
Newmont and Barrick are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to high electricity prices.
by Staff
Paleontonlogical Resources Preservation Act
Occasionally there are bills that have good intentions but unintended consequences that make them “bad bills.” The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act is one of these bills.
by Scott Harn
Picks & Pans: Mexican "Edventure"
Where can you find 80-degree weather, 76-degree water, 30-50 foot visibility, all the seafood you can eat, beautiful friendly people—and placer gold?!
by Ed Routt
Over the Divide
It is with regret that we let our readers know about the passing of four respected members of the mining and prospecting community who have been lost in the past several months.
by Staff
Flat-Fault Gold in Sonora, Mexico
Mexico is not noted for gold, but is better known for silver and copper. However, the states of Chihuahua and Sonora, in northwestern Mexico, contain some sizeable gold deposits. A number of these deposits were mined during the boom of 1982-2002. One operation that has remained active up to the present is La Herradura Mine...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
The Fern Mine
Sharp, jagged mountains shot up around me as I slowly bumped my way, in my old Chevy pickup, up the boulder strewn mining road to the Fern Mine. The Fern Mine is situated on the west side of Archangel Creek, where several other hard rock mines once operated.
by Ron Wendt
Map Offers Look at Butte's Mining History
It turns out the old Anaconda Co. really did have 10,000 miles of tunnels beneath this mining city. That’s one of the findings by researchers who have produced a new map that charts the thousands of underground mine shafts here, providing a detailed look at some of Butte’s mining history.
by Associated Press
Gold in China
China is an enormous country, behind only Russia, the United States (incl. Alaska), and Canada in size. It has a teeming population of 1.3 billion, far ahead of any other nation. Most of the population is jammed into the eastern half of China, with the western half being only sparsely inhabited. There are 5 western provinces...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
2004 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees
The six inductees are Georgius Agricola, David William Brunton, Herbert E. Goodman, David Ray Mitchell and Robert Peele.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
The greatest headline maker of the past month was not a person, not a war, not a nation and not a political contest. Instead, that honor belonged to a gooey, flammable, black substance called petroleum as it shot through $42.00 per barrel...
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
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August 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 12)

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The Bawl Mill
• Cruising into court
• Where did it all go?
• Big Brother is watching...your odometer?
• Apartment cleaning pays well

by Scott Harn
Lawsuit to Challenge New Forest Service Regulations
The Forest Service has been busy lately, promulgating rules and regulations that will negatively impact small miners and prospectors. Public Lands for the People (PLP) is taking action to put a stop to it.
by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• States can manage their own roadless areas
• Forest lands and suction dredging
by Staff
Gold in Utah Laccoliths
The Colorado Plateau, much of it “Red Rock Country,” covers most of southern and eastern Utah, as well as parts of adjoining states. Elevations range from 3,600 to over 12,000 feet. Much of the region is...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Where Do I Begin?
You’ve developed an interest in prospecting for gold. A couple friends have told you how much fun they’ve had looking for gold. In this article I’ll point out the pros and cons of this activity and by the end you can decide to what degree you want to pursue your search for gold.
by Ron Wendt
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Mine President Seeks Opinions From Peers
Everyone in the United States will be affected by the Company’s appeal before the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, California. The issue is more than just a mining one. It involves the legality of the imposition by one federal agency and a couple of its employees to define and designate the management of an American business.
by Staff
Over The Divide
T. Lyle Taylor
Jan. 2, 1945 - Jun. 18, 2004
by Staff
Picks & Pans: Miner Finds Heart of Gold
We started planning for this trip last year, after we left Ganes Creek, Alaska, and headed back to civilization. I found 4.75 ounces of very nice nuggets and the group had a total of 47.47 ounces  for the week.
by Steve Burris
Company Notes
• Wheaton River Minerals
• Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.
• Iamgold Corp.
• Golden Star Resources
• China Minmetals Corp.
• Noranda Inc.
• Golden Eagle International, Inc.
• Clifton Mining Company
• Nord Resources Corp.
by Staff
Canadian Arrow Tries Different Approach
Timmins, Ontario, is a fascinating city for miners to observe. During periods of strong mining activity, Timmins prospers, home values rise, retail activity increases, vacant office spaces fill up and so forth. However, during periods of...
by Leonard Melman
Greenstone
Greenstone is a hard, tough, altered igneous rock, usually dark green in color. The term “greenstone” has been loosely applied to all greenish rock, including peridotite, dunite, jade, serpentine, and even hydro thermally altered rocks in mining districts. True greenstone is...
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Experts Forecast Rising Prices for Gold, Silver
During the two investment conventions in Vancouver this January, the mood was incredibly upbeat. Gold was rising strongly and prospects appeared bright. The same was true at the giant PDAC gathering in Toronto in March. By late April the shine had come off the short-term prices of metals...
by Leonard Melman
A Few Reminders About Fraud
Some calls from subscribers and advertisers over the past few months have prompted us to remind both buyers and sellers to be wary of fraudulent activity in the prospecting and mining industry.
by Staff
Mining: Doing it Right the First Time
Governor Frank Murkowski’s blueprint for a prosperous Alaska has a solid foundation of resource, energy and economic development and “doing it right the first time.” Hiring Alaskans is our number one priority because every good job also means good schools and communities for Alaska families.
by Greg O'Claray
Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Find Gems
Members of the Rocky Mountain Prospectors and Treasure Hunters Club from Fort Collins, Colorado, were recently entertained by W. Dan Hausel, Senior Economic Geologist with the Wyoming State Geological Survey.
by Staff
The Golden Highway—El Dorado County
Continuing northward and crossing the Consumnes River along California’s famed Highway 49, the “Golden Highway” leads through the heart of the Mother Lode countryto El Dorado County. This is where the Gold Rush began...
by Frank Lorey III
Melman on Gold & Silver
If there was one word that characterized news events of the past month it was “uncertainty.” Would the United States hand over the government of Iraq to the newly-installed leadership? Would the Fed at long last raise interest rates, and, if so, by how much? Would the new pattern of sabotage against oil pipelines in Iraq...
by Leonard Melman
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September 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 1)

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The Bawl Mill
• Inspectors inspect inspector general?
• Mishandling of funds in Iraq
• Has anyone seen my keys?

by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Comments needed
• Reid goes to bat for miners
by Staff
Kerry Proposes Large Fees on Miners
John Kerry’s proposal to increase mineral royalties to raise money for national parks has drawn strong opposition from officials and mining interests in Nevada, which produces 81 percent of the nation’s gold.
by Associated Press
Is a Gold Rush Coming to the Iron Range?
Scientists from the state Department of Natural Resources reported that they recently discovered the highest concentrations of gold particles ever found in the state during routine soil sampling near Soudan.
by Associated Press
The Klamath Oldland
The Klamath Mountain province includes a number of separate mountain ranges, such as the Bully Choop, Marble, Salmon, Siskiyou, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bolly, among others. They are collectively referred to as the “Klamath Mountains” in this article.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Baker City is Defined by Gold Rush
When they strung up poor Bogs Greenwood on a ranch near here in 1864 for murder, most probably figured it was the start and finish of his moment of fame. But when a Main Street bank building was torn down decades later, a time capsule turned up, and there was Bogs’ skull, along with a brief biography.
by Joseph B. Frazier
Picks & Pans: George Duffy Jr.—Pocket Miner Extraordinaire
During the Miocene and Pliocene mid-Tertiary Epochs, the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts within parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona became the source—the genesis—of ubiquitous epithermal “precious metal” fissure-gold veins associated with extensive acidic volcanic lava flows that blanketed much of the Cordillera during this time.
by Jim Straight
Coeur Alaska Hopes to Begin Work on Gold Mine This Fall
On a recent afternoon, Rick Richins fished a large piece of quartzite ore studded with glittering particles from the floor of a dark, dripping tunnel at the Kensington gold mine.
by Associated Press
Crater of Diamonds, Arkansas
Crater of Diamonds State Park is located 4 miles southeast of Murfreesboro, Arkansas...in an area of low hills, about a half-mile north of the Little Missouri River. The region receives 45 inches of rain per year, enough to support pine-oak forests. The diamond-bearing area stands out as grasslands surrounded by forests.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Company Plans to Develop Cabinet Mountains Mine
A Spokane mining company says it plans to develop a silver and copper mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area on the Idaho-Montana border.
by Associated Press
I-147 Before Montana Supreme Court
A group supporting a ballot measure to overturn a ban on using cyanide in certain mines has told the Montana Supreme Court it should throw out a lawsuit against Initiative 147. Facts surrounding the claims of I-147 opponents must be sorted out before the high court can consider the legal challenge, said proponents who call themselves Miners, Merchants and Montanans for Jobs and Economic Opportunity.
by Bob Anez
Diamond Exploration and Mining Heating Up in North America
Diamond exploration in Canada has led to a major new industry that did not exist prior to six years ago. Yet today, Canada ranks as one of the world’s leading producers of gem-quality diamonds.
by Staff
Gold in Serbia
As a subscriber to ICMJ, I felt the need to write an article about the auriferous regions in Serbia, which I have been visiting for years in search of gold. The territory in question occupies the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, which transverses the Danube River.
by Bozidar Obradovic
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
One of the most frequently quoted sayings on Wall Street is that “markets love to climb a wall of worry.” We’re not so sure about the “climbing” part of it...
by Leonard Melman
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October 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 2)

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The Bawl Mill
• House members "earn" another raise
• So how much is the national debt?

by Scott Harn
Update: Forest Service Interim Rule
On July 9, 2004, Under Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Mark Rey, published the “Interim Rule.”  By its own terms, the Interim Rule became effective on August 9, 2004, without regard to public comments. Public comments were, however, received until September 7, 2004.
by Public Lands for the People
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• I-147 will be on the ballot
• Consolidation granted
• More rivers off-limits to mining
• Valley fills decision appealed
• Forest Service cites dredgers
• Time extended for roadless comments
• Newmont water permit voided
by Staff
VMS Deposits in Central Arizona
Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) deposits in the Central Arizona Precambrian volcanic belt occur within a felsic package of volcanic rocks capped by an exhalite unit comprised of cherts, iron formations and siliceous members.
by John Rothermel
The Guyana Highlands
The Guyana Highlands referred to here are a tropical upland area that extends from French Guiana on the east to Colombia on the west, with elevations reaching 9,219 feet. It occupies a vast and remote region between the Orinoco River on the north and the Amazon River on the south. There are mountains, tablelands, mesas, and swamps, largely impassable to those on foot.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Prospecting with a VLF-Type Gold Detector
Although I found my first detected nugget on a hard rock mine dump using an early VLF/TR coin hunter, it was by “following the dry washers” and detecting old tailing piles that I soon packed a metal 35mm canister with small sub-grain to...
by Jim Straight
Freegold Ventures' Golden Summit Project
Massive area-wide forest fires left the air near Fairbanks, Alaska looking like a London fog and smelling like the residue of a fireplace late this August as I left the airport on a recent visit to Freegold Ventures Ltd.
by Leonard Melman
Picks & Pans: Working the Crevices
The crowbar can be a valuable mining tool. Crowbars come in all shapes and sizes. For moving large boulders and large chunks of bedrock, the longer 3½ footers work well. Then if you really get in trouble, there’s the long pry bar.
by Ron Wendt
Molybdenum
Molybdenum, referred to as “molly” by miners, is a white metal that is alloyed with iron to form hard, tough and strong steel. It was first used in World War I for armor plate on ships. Nowadays, molybdenum is routinely used to harden structural and tool steel, and to reduce corrosion.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
2004 California State Gold Panning Championships
One hundred eighty-one gold panners flocked into the old mining town of Foresthill on Memorial Day weekend, all with the objective of proving just how good they were. This was the Wild West all over again, and the shootout at OK Corral was nothing compared to the smoke and fire these contestants put up to determine who was the best of the best—and the best were there to compete, too.
by Staff
Company Notes
• Washington Group Int'l
• Robinson Nevada Mining Co.
• Little Squaw Gold Mining Co.
• Newmont Mining Corp.
• Compania de Minas Buenaventura
by Staff
Why Environmental Groups Prefer Kerry
President Bush signed Executive Order 13352, “Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation,” on August 26, 2004. The order instructs the departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out their activities in a manner that “takes appropriate account of and respects the interests of persons with ownership or other legally recognized interest in land and other natural resources” and to “properly accommodate” local participation.
by Staff
The French Mines of El Boleo
Volumes have been written on the subject of mining in Mexico ever since the first Spanish conquistadors undertook to strip bare the newfound land in the 6th century. Gold and silver, which attracted Cortez and the Spanish Inquisition, was there for the taking, and the fabulously rich mines of Guanajuanto, San Miguel de Allende, Zacatecas, Real del Monte, San Luis Potosi, Durango and Taxco, among others, became famous throughout the New World and Europe.
by Michel Janicot
Looking Back
Excerpts for CMJ published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
The world received a sad reminder of just how dangerous and threatening terrorism has become as more than three hundred people—most of them children—died when Russian troops and police stormed a school that had been taken over by terrorist rebels from the breakaway province of Chechnya in the Russian city of Beslan. This act was followed almost immediately by the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Indonesia with nine dead in that attack. And, if mankind’s craziness wasn’t enough...
by Leonard Melman
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November 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 3)

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The Bawl Mill
• Corectting misteaks
• It pays to resign

by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Interior appropriations
• New bull trout plan released
• Comments needed
by Staff
Editorial: Montana's Controversial Rock Creek Mine
Throughout history, the demand for commodities has been constantly increasing. It is difficult to envision a reversal of this trend. Between China and India alone, roughly two billion people are on the verge of becoming middle class consumers. Good or bad, this is called progress, and it seems inevitable.
by Jim Ebisch
First Load of Concentrate Leaves Reopened Ruth Mine
Five years after depressed copper prices forced the Robinson mine to shut down, the first truckload of concentrate pulled out in what its new owner sees as a renewal of the facility and Ely-area residents hope is a rebirth of the region.
by Associated Press
Uranium Industry Enjoys Rebound as Prices Nearly Triple
Watching a computer screen, Pat Drummond monitors a complex system of pipelines and vats that produce 55-gallon drums of uranium, weighing 600 to 1,000 pounds each, ready to be shipped to nuclear power plants across the globe.
by Robert W. Black
BLM Warning About Purchase of Mining Claims on the Internet
In a dramatic reversal of policy the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has posted the following on the huge internet auction house, eBay. Mining claims are currently being offered on eBay with prices ranging into the millions of dollars and apparently the BLM is concerned that many of these claims may not have mineral values that reflect their huge asking prices, be improperly filed, or have one or more of the many other problems that can affect mining claims.
by Lawrence Dee
Determining the Amount of Gold in a Quartz Specimen
Many prospectors who find specimens of rich quartz with visible gold often wonder about the gold content of their specimens. Pieces with significant visible gold can sometimes be found at hard rock mines, by prospecting...
by Chris Ralph
Placer PGMs in Coon Creek, California
Lower Coon Mountain is located in the Klamath Mountains, some 10 to 15 miles east of Crescent City (pop. 4,400), which rises to an elevation of 2,841 feet. It is heavily forested except for a few areas that are underlain by serpentine. The mountain, which trends northeast, is bounded on the north by Craigs Creek, and on the south by Coon Creek.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Getting Your Float Circuit Layout Right
Commissioning is going well; ramp-up targets are all being met and the General Manager is happy. You arrive at the plant in the morning and start reviewing the night shift logs. What you discover is the night shift had to reduce feed to the mills...
by Andrew Okely
Pick Up Austria's New Coin—If You Can Lift It
The Austrian Mint recently unveiled its new coin—a 68-pound, 24-carat gleaming gold disc worth about $500,000—touting it as the world’s largest and a powerful investment tool.
by Verena Dobnik
New Prospecting Guides Available Online
Every year prospectors and rock hounds search Wyoming for gold, gemstones and other attractive rocks and minerals; the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has now made this hunt easier.
by Staff
Police Extend Detention of Newmont Executives
Five executives from the American mining giant Newmont will continue to be jailed while facing pollution charges in Indonesia, police said, despite test results that show “normal” mercury levels near a former gold mine.
by Associated Press
Picks & Pans—Drywashing and Detecting in Southern California
The late George Elwood, of Johannesburg, California, was well known for helping anyone in need. As a matter of fact, I originally met George when he went out of his way to help me with a flat-tire problem.
by Jim Straight
Over The Divide—Merwin (Merv) H. Hemp
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our long time members and tireless workers, Merwin H. Hemp.
by Staff
The Boludo Placers, Sonora
The Boludo placers described here include gravels that have been listed under many different names, including Altar, Golden Triangle, Llanos del Oro, San Francisco, and Trincheras, among others. The placers are on desert flats at the northwest end of Sierra Santa Rosa, about 2,600 feet above sea level. It is in a region of northwest-trending mountain ranges separated by broad desert valleys.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
The Golden Highway—Placer County
Leaving El Dorado County and crossing the middle fork of the American River, the next county along Highway 49, the “Golden Highway,” is Placer County. The county also owes its name to the mining heritage of the gold rush.
by Frank Lorey III
Northwest Miners Rally a Success
This year’s rally worked extremely well with over twenty exhibitors and four seminars on various aspects of mining running throughout, as well as active river demonstrations of equipment. The hands-on approach, allowing people to try the suction dredges and power sluices, recovered well-distributed fine gold.
by Mark Erickson
Mine Threat Just a Stunt to Criticize Land Laws
An environmental group has staked a claim to mine 20 acres of land next to a posh subdivision near Hayden Lake, Idaho, to illustrate how antiquated the nation’s mining laws have become.
by Nicholas K. Geranios
MINExpo 2004 Convention Report
Unquestionably, the first impression received from touring the exhibition areas at “MINExpo International 2004,” sponsored by the National Mining Association and held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 27-30, is one of sheer size. While other gatherings are delighted to host a couple of hundred exhibitors and attract three or four thousand attendees...
by Leonard Melman
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff
Melman on Gold & Silver
What a month! One day we were keeping our eyes on the turbulent, hurricane-filled skies over Florida as the seemingly endless array of powerful storms continued on, then we were watching the televised Presidential debates, and all the while we were being inundated with a relentless barrage of stories regarding crude oil, gasoline and heating oil as their prices roared ahead with a vengeance...
by Leonard Melman
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December 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 4)

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The Bawl Mill
• Don't expect Santa to be healthy this Christmas
• Fast-food delivery
• Just in time for the holidays

by Scott Harn
Gold Diver's Closes Its Doors
After almost 50 years of service to the mining industry, Burl Cheely, owner of Gold Diver’s and the manufacturer of the Couple-Jet and Taper-Jet line of dredges, is retiring.
by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• The 1872 Mining Law
• Roadless decision due soon
• MSHA Review Commission
• Sage grouse decision due soon
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Geologist's Search for PGMs Leads to Mining Venture
One look at a map of the northern portion of Ontario province in Canada clearly identifies it as an area of immense beauty. From Georgian Bay on Lake Huron across to Lake Nipissing and all points north, it is a land of...
by Leonard Melman
Diamonds in the Rough in Montana
The bright green rocks jutting through the prairie soil were hard to miss, but Tom Charlton still couldn’t believe his eyes. It was kimberlite, the molten rock in which diamonds are found, and preliminary tests had yielded a microscopic diamond.
by Associated Press
The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part I—The Geology of Coarse Gold Formation
Recovering large, coarse gold nuggets is a very exciting experience, and the quest for large gold is often the “holy grail” of the independent prospector, no matter which type of equipment is used. Hefty, good-sized gold nuggets are...
by Chris Ralph
Using Microbes for Mining
An innovative project enlisting bacteria for minerals recovery has drawn praise from researchers as it begins its second phase.
by Staff
The Carter and Reynolds Gold Mines: Is There a Yet Unknown, but Mineable Gold Deposit Here?
The Carter and Reynolds gold mines were two of the earliest gold deposits to be exploited following the first discovery of gold in North Carolina in 1799, at the Reed gold mine. Both of these mines were worked to a limited degree between 1800 and 1900. The Carter mine is located approximately 3.0 miles east of Troy, North Carolina...
by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.
Michigan House Committee Approves Sulfide Mining Regulations
Michigan would have one of the toughest sets of rules for sulfide mining in the nation under legislation approved by a state House committee.
by Associated Press
Surging Gold Prices Add Luster to Nevada's No. 2 Industry
Higher gold prices helped boost Nevada’s mining industry in 2003 despite a decline in production for the third straight year.
by Associated Press
Ruby Hill Gold Mine to Reopen in Eureka
Barrick Gold Corp. is moving forward with the reopening of the Ruby Hill gold mine at Eureka, Nevada, and intends to begin work next month on a new power plant in western Nevada.
by Associated Press
The Skaergaard Intrusion
First put on the map by two British geologists in the 1930s, the Skaergaard igneous intrusion on East Greenland’s rugged mountainous coast is arguably one of the most studied and researched rock bodies in the world.
by Brian Mooney
Melman on Gold & Silver
Well, the long-anticipated US election was held the first Tuesday of November. If you were a partisan of the Republican Party, victory was sweet, indeed. If you supported Kerry and his pals, our truest sympathies, for the electoral devastation was complete. Bush won in both the Electoral College and popular vote contests...
by Leonard Melman
BLM Launches Mining Claim Records Viewer
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has added some useful tools to their website. The Land and Mineral Use Records system has been meshed with a map viewer that allows users to obtain mining claim information in a useful format.
by Staff
Newmont Welcomes Release of Executives
Newmont Mining welcomed the release of five executives who were being detained in Indonesia over claims that the company polluted Buyat Bay in central Indonesia.
by Associated Press
The Baja Gold Rush of 1889
Small amounts of placer gold can be found in many parts of Baja California, Mexico. The 700 mile long peninsula is mostly a desert region with many strange and unusual plants. There is also a central mountainous spine that is forested and reaches elevations as high as 10,155 feet.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
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