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The Magazine: February 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 6)
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February 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 6)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Unicorns, fairies and cellulosic biofuel
• Who wants to be a millionaire?

by Staff
Ask the Experts - Old workings & tailings: What are my options?
Q: ...It’s a 2,000-acre property that was mined 100 years ago, still has the old workings, tailings, etc. I am looking to recover gold from the old waste/tailings... plus possibly strip mine some of it. What are my options?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts - ...Worth further investigation?
Q: About 158,000 tons of ore is estimated to remain on the property. Worth further investigation?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts - Processing sulfide ore without mercury or cyanide.
Q: ...Is there any way to process the ore without using mercury or cyanides...?
by Chris Ralph
Regarding "Good Assays and Bad"
Last month I wrote an article entitled “Good Assays and Bad,” which gathered a few comments.
by Chris Ralph
New "Employment" Category
Due to the high demand for well paying jobs in the mining sector, and a robust mining industry in need of qualified workers, we’ve added an “Employment” section to our Mine Market (Classifieds) effective immediately. 
by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Our Federal Landlord
• One down, two to go
• Challenging timing windows in Washington State
• More roadblocks to mining
by Scott Harn
4 Keys to Successful Nugget Hunting
Lots of prospectors are trying out nugget detecting for the first time and finding out that it isn’t all that easy. In fact, in my opinion, metal detecting for nuggets is perhaps the most difficult form of prospecting that one can take on.
by Chris Ralph
A High Price to Pay
Over the last several months, starting from before I left for Australia, I’ve been working on getting all the 2011 paperwork done for my mining claims. I will admit that some parts of the paperwork I let go until only a week or two before the due date.
by Chris Ralph
Eolian Placer Gold
I would first like to mention that I am not a geologist. I have, however, spent the last 8 years intently searching for gold nuggets with a metal detector. I have found gold in numerous locations, and in several different types of gold deposits.
by Gus Peppley
All the Gold Ever Mined...
If you have been prospecting for any length of time, then you have probably heard something like, “All the gold ever mined would equal a cube 60 feet on each side.”
by Chuck Lassiter
The Basics of Geophysical Exploration
In developing a mineral property or mining claims, one of the first goals is to identify and quantify valuable deposits. The classic method of doing this is by drilling holes into the ground to sample what is below the surface. The problem is that one or two holes usually are not going to tell you a whole lot...
by Chris Ralph
Targeted for a Tax Audit
Although the risk of a federal tax audit remains low, thanks to the Internal Revenue Service’s secret audit selection process every prospector, miner, and mining-related business owner has good reason to fear an audit, but only if they are not prepared.
by Mark E. Battersby
Feds Order Closure of Idaho Mine
Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.
by Nicholas K. Geranios
Trying Out the New Highbanker
The 2011 gold season had finally got underway on the Middle Fork of the Feather River near Quincy, California. Cold weather and high water had pushed gold mining into mid-summer, but things were looking up.
by Tom Leftwich
A Gold Mine on a Washington Beach?
Bela and Barbara Kovacs began prospecting for gold about seven years ago as a family orientated outdoors activity. A welder by trade and lured by the simple fact that beach sands can contain small bits of precious metals, Bela decided a few years ago to build a sand sucking contraption that can sift the shoreline for anything worth keeping.
by Associated Press
Melman on Gold & Silver
All we can say is “Welcome to 2012,” and if the first part of January is any indication, it is going to be quite a year on many fronts from the ongoing international financial crisis to the progress of a presidential election set to end this coming November.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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