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The Magazine: March 2006 (Vol. 75, No 7)
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March 2006 (Vol. 75, No 7)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Why rent when you can own?
• County taxed by tax error
• Military policy wins out over common sense

by Staff
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Meeting planned to address small-scale regulations
• Karuk Tribe update
• Oregon dredgers in their own fight over regulations
by Scott Harn
A Word from the Editor
Following the hundreds of delivery complaints we received regarding our January 2006 issue, the US Postal Service made a few suggestions to help stem the tide of late deliveries.
by Scott Harn
Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part III Understanding Plate Tectonics, Volcanism and Mountain Building
The formation of gold, silver and many other types of deposits depends on a natural segregation of the elements from the earth, so that gold or silver (and other minerals) becomes enriched enough to form a valuable ore.
by Chris Ralph
The Fortymile Goldfields
Having made nearly forty trips into this region over the years, the area has a tendency to draw the individual into its unique winding roads, which were once mining trails, where the creeks and rivers run to and fro across its twisted topography.
by Ron Wendt
The Rocks that Burn—Part II Is Oil Shale the Answer?
Opinions among experts in the energy business concerning present day oil shale development vary widely. Some think that more stringent energy conservation measures would make large-scale development of lamosite resources...
by Bill Rich
Record Interest at Recent Mining Conventions
If anyone needed convincing that high metals prices have brought mining back into the public’s consciousness, two conventions held in Vancouver, British Columbia near the end of January 2006 should have ended any doubt.
by Leonard Melman
Common Operations—Small-Scale Mining and Sharing the "Take"
The “Forty-niners,” known as “Argonauts,” separated the loose gold known as “wet diggin’s” from the river gravels using a wash pan. The pan was made of tin or iron and had a flat bottom and sloping sides.
by Jim Straight
Trout Thriving In Treated Mine Water
West Virginia University water scientists have found that rainbow trout can survive in previously polluted waters.
by Associated Press
Company Notes
• Newmont Mining Corp.
• Norilsk Nickel
• Sterling Mining Company
by Scott Harn
Melman on Gold & Silver
The great transition has now occurred as we move away from the Age of Fed Chairman Greenspan and into the Age of Fed Chairman Bernanke. However, Mr. Greenspan was kind enough to leave a last-minute parting gift by raising the overnight lending rate to 4.5% on his last day in office, January 31, 2006.
by Leonard Melman
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff

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