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The Magazine: August 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 12)
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August 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 12)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Sick and tired of being sick and tired—I need a vacation!
• Straight from the horse's mouth
• The federal budget is about to SNAP
• Taxation without (insurance) representation

by Staff
Ask the Experts: Something for everyone...
Q: Can you suggest some family and dog friendly vacation spots in California where I can also do some sniping?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: VMS ore
Q: Are there any mills that handle VMS ore?
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: More suggestions for dealing with metallic trash....
Q: Thanks for the great article in the recent ICMJ [“Metallic Trash—Scourge of the Prospector,” July 2012]...
by Chris Ralph
Ask the Experts: various mining courses
Q: What classes should one take if planning on majoring in mining engineering or geology?
by Chris Ralph
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy
by Scott Harn
Sniping for Gold
Sniping for gold… what does it mean to you? To me, sniping is taking a mask and snorkel along with a screwdriver and squeeze bottle to search for gold lying on or in bedrock.
by Ray Mills
Gold in Guyana—Part II: Process Optimization at Sacre Coeur Minerals' Lower Puruni Alluvial Mining Project
In Part Two of my two-part series I describe the mechanized alluvial gold mining operation on the lower Puruni River launched by Sacre Coeur Minerals in 2011.
by Carl Brink
Following Clues to an Old Mill and Vein Strike
My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.
by Don Robinson
Great Atlantic Resources
It was your correspondent’s privilege to accompany Great Atlantic’s management and geologic team on a journalist and analyst tour of their various New Brunswick projects during late June, 2012.
by Leonard Melman
Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World
With the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.
by Chris Ralph
Big Rock Gold
Fran, and I had made a practice of turning big boulders in gold producing areas to find some great rewards. Sometimes it was slow and frustrating, but in the end “We got the gold!”
by Tom Leftwich
Still Gold in Humbug, Arizona
Has anyone made it through childhood, or even adulthood, without at least one dream of finding gold or buried treasure? It is the stuff of daydreams—the kindling for the flame of hope. We so long for it that we eagerly accept stories and maps from friends and strangers alike that promise us fame and fortune.
by Craig E. Redick
Never Take Safety for Granted
In retrospect, I can now see that the thoughtless breaking of one of my safety rules regarding not dredging alone was to be a lesson I won’t soon forget.
by Jim Foley
Melman on Gold & Silver
One of the most surprising jolts of the past month came with the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the legality of what has come to be known as “ObamaCare.”
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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