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The Magazine: December 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 4)
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December 2004 (Vol. 74, No. 4)

Table of Contents

The Bawl Mill
• Don't expect Santa to be healthy this Christmas
• Fast-food delivery
• Just in time for the holidays

by Scott Harn
Gold Diver's Closes Its Doors
After almost 50 years of service to the mining industry, Burl Cheely, owner of Gold Diver’s and the manufacturer of the Couple-Jet and Taper-Jet line of dredges, is retiring.
by Scott Harn
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• The 1872 Mining Law
• Roadless decision due soon
• MSHA Review Commission
• Sage grouse decision due soon
by Staff
Geologist's Search for PGMs Leads to Mining Venture
One look at a map of the northern portion of Ontario province in Canada clearly identifies it as an area of immense beauty. From Georgian Bay on Lake Huron across to Lake Nipissing and all points north, it is a land of...
by Leonard Melman
Diamonds in the Rough in Montana
The bright green rocks jutting through the prairie soil were hard to miss, but Tom Charlton still couldn’t believe his eyes. It was kimberlite, the molten rock in which diamonds are found, and preliminary tests had yielded a microscopic diamond.
by Associated Press
The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part I—The Geology of Coarse Gold Formation
Recovering large, coarse gold nuggets is a very exciting experience, and the quest for large gold is often the “holy grail” of the independent prospector, no matter which type of equipment is used. Hefty, good-sized gold nuggets are...
by Chris Ralph
Using Microbes for Mining
An innovative project enlisting bacteria for minerals recovery has drawn praise from researchers as it begins its second phase.
by Staff
The Carter and Reynolds Gold Mines: Is There a Yet Unknown, but Mineable Gold Deposit Here?
The Carter and Reynolds gold mines were two of the earliest gold deposits to be exploited following the first discovery of gold in North Carolina in 1799, at the Reed gold mine. Both of these mines were worked to a limited degree between 1800 and 1900. The Carter mine is located approximately 3.0 miles east of Troy, North Carolina...
by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.
Michigan House Committee Approves Sulfide Mining Regulations
Michigan would have one of the toughest sets of rules for sulfide mining in the nation under legislation approved by a state House committee.
by Associated Press
Surging Gold Prices Add Luster to Nevada's No. 2 Industry
Higher gold prices helped boost Nevada’s mining industry in 2003 despite a decline in production for the third straight year.
by Associated Press
Ruby Hill Gold Mine to Reopen in Eureka
Barrick Gold Corp. is moving forward with the reopening of the Ruby Hill gold mine at Eureka, Nevada, and intends to begin work next month on a new power plant in western Nevada.
by Associated Press
The Skaergaard Intrusion
First put on the map by two British geologists in the 1930s, the Skaergaard igneous intrusion on East Greenland’s rugged mountainous coast is arguably one of the most studied and researched rock bodies in the world.
by Brian Mooney
Melman on Gold & Silver
Well, the long-anticipated US election was held the first Tuesday of November. If you were a partisan of the Republican Party, victory was sweet, indeed. If you supported Kerry and his pals, our truest sympathies, for the electoral devastation was complete. Bush won in both the Electoral College and popular vote contests...
by Leonard Melman
BLM Launches Mining Claim Records Viewer
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has added some useful tools to their website. The Land and Mineral Use Records system has been meshed with a map viewer that allows users to obtain mining claim information in a useful format.
by Staff
Newmont Welcomes Release of Executives
Newmont Mining welcomed the release of five executives who were being detained in Indonesia over claims that the company polluted Buyat Bay in central Indonesia.
by Associated Press
The Baja Gold Rush of 1889
Small amounts of placer gold can be found in many parts of Baja California, Mexico. The 700 mile long peninsula is mostly a desert region with many strange and unusual plants. There is also a central mountainous spine that is forested and reaches elevations as high as 10,155 feet.
by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhD
Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
by Staff
Looking Back
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
by Staff

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