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The Magazine: May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)
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May 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 9)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Hotline turns up the heat
• Mad Men arrested for living up to their name

by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• NEDC Surrenders in Oregon
• The California saga continues
by Scott Harn
Ask the Experts: Ionizing mercury
Q: What exactly does "ionizing" mercury mean?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: gold per ton; improving assay method
Q: How much gold do I have per ton and how can I improve my assay method?
by Chris Ralph
Bering Sea Gold—Part II
In last month’s issue we covered the initial discovery of gold, the subsequent gold rush that occurred around Nome, some of the geology of the area and past production. We’ll conclude the article in this issue with a further examination of the geology and deposit types, discuss the resources...
by Jim Halloran
Tucson Show Marketing
Normally we do not cover gem and mineral shows, but this one is a little different. The Tucson (Arizona) Gem and Mineral show is the sales source for so many small mining operations, I felt I had to address this show and its possibilities for the small miner.
by Chris Ralph
El Tigre—Unlocking Values in Tailings to Jumpstart a Mine
...El Tigre Silver Corp, is taking a somewhat different path toward developing their El Tigre property located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.
by Leonard Melman
Ganes Creek Hits 10 Years—Part I
Find huge gold nuggets with your metal detector! That has been the promise, and for a lucky group of detectorists in the Ganes Creek “Pound Club” the reality of finding gold at Ganes Creek, Alaska.
by Steve Herschbach
Fabulous Florence—The Golden Town of Idaho
In September 1861, on a round-about prospecting journey homeward, five California gold miners discovered gold in the area now called Florence. While watering the horses, one of the men noticed a golden color on a piece of slate bedrock in the stream...
by Alan Trees
Arizona's Vulture Gold Mine and Lost Dutchman
When prospectors and treasure hunters talk of gold in Arizona, it is the Lost Dutchman or Vulture mine they usually think of. The Lost Dutchman gold mine is just that—a myth chalked full of holes that has been embellished over time as any good legend should be.
by W. Dan Hausel
Critical Metals: Copper
From time to time I’ve been doing a series on critical metals and how important they are to our complex and technological society. This month we are going to take a look at copper, and how important that metal is to our modern lives.
by Chris Ralph
Replacing Your 12-Volt Pump
In the “toolbox” of most every prospector there are certain tools that we tend to use consistently for a variety of reasons. Have you ever noticed that tools and equipment tend to wear out, rust and fall apart whether we use them or not?
by Ron Kliewer
Melman on Gold & Silver
Just as we were sitting down to write this column, a political bombshell was released when Rick Santorum announced he was terminating his efforts to win the Republican Presidential nomination, virtually assuring the nomination will be to Mitt Romney. The remaining candidates, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich appear to have no realistic chances.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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