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The Magazine: November 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 3)
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November 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 3)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Training to be greener...but still unemployed
• By the Numbers
• Notable Quotes

by Staff
Legislative And Regulatory Update
• Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
• Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners
by Scott Harn
Ask The Experts—Compensation for closed mining claim?
Q: I have a gold claim that the BLM just closed. Should I get compensation for the value of the claim?
by Chris Ralph
Ask The Experts—Inconsistent fire assays
Q: ...He consistently comes up with values much higher on the same ore samples.
by Chris Ralph
Gold From Cemented Gravels
The truth is that cemented gravels are really not all that complex. There is no mystery of how gold grew there or somehow wormed its way into these solid gravels.
by Chris Ralph
Evolution Of A Gold Prospect
The adage of, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” has profound meaning, but it doesn’t always apply to prospecting.
by R. V. Larson
Gold, Quartz & Chalcedony—Part II
The specific gravity of chalcedony is 2.58 to 2.64. This is slightly lower than coarsely crystalline quartz because of slight porosity in chalcedony. Being so light, it will easily wash out of a gold pan.
by W. Dan Hausel
Are Permits Needed For Highbanking In California?
...this contradicts the fact that mining claimants are considered landowners with exclusive rights to possess and use that claim, and miners have “riparian rights” on mining claims that do not require permitting.
by Scott Harn
Alaska to Target Rare-Earths
Alaska is in the midst of assessing its rare-earth resources, an effort pushed by Governor Sean Parnell, who sees them as another example of where the US is reliant on foreign sources to meet its needs.
by Becky Bohrer
Minnesota Delays Decision on Mineral Leases
Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
by Patrick Condon
Prospecting Australia—Part II: There and Back Again
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
by Chris Ralph
Alaska's Cripple Creek Mining District
If developed with metal detecting in mind, this virgin ground could be a bonanza for nugget hunting.
by Jim Halloran
The Gold Of Horseshoe Bend
And we eventually reached gold. It was a winding crevice of beautiful white quartz lined with small nuggets and loaded with fine gold. There were flakes and small granular pieces—there had to be a hundred or more.
by Tom Leftwich
Tyrie's Roadway Nugget
I will have to admit, I actually was brought to tears just thinking about what I had just done. I knew the gold was there, but I never thought I would be so fortunate to find such a prize nugget.
by Tyrie Bivings
Melman on Gold & Silver
In our opinion, these dizzying up and down moves reflect not so much a change in the direction of hard data, but rather fluctuations in sentiment regarding the degree of danger relating to the overall international economic structure.
by Leonard Melman

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