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Alan J. Chenworth
Alan Chenworth lives in northern Utah, where he works as a geologist in the mining industry. An avid prospector, he has traveled all over the West (and several trips to Alaska) searching for placer gold. In addition to writing articles he also dabbles with Cowboy Poetry and has written a book on Utah placers entitled A Guide to Gold Panning in Utah.

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Articles by Alan J. Chenworth
The Silver Islet Mountains of Utah

Apparent fault offset.I set up my dry washer on the north side of the cut and sampled the bed rock and dumps around me. As I was only sampling, I ran for 20-30 minutes, shoveling from a variety of areas.

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
A Return to Silver City, Idaho

...we were able to pull out close to another 3+ ounces of small, angular Silver City gold. This also included several more small nuggets, pieces of wire gold and some quartz-gold pieces—not bad for 4 days with a small sluice.

July 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 11)
Sluicing at Rocky Bar, Idaho

Like any good prospector, I sampled the bedrock—and am glad I did. I found a half a dozen pieces in the first pan, so I took a second pan. The results were the same.

June 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 10)
The Rocky Bar Mining District, Idaho

Rocky Bar sits on the north slope of Horse Ranch Mountain, and while the most productive placers were found in Bear Creek below Rocky Bar, most of the creeks on the south, east and north sides of the mountain contain placer gold and were worked commercially in the past.

August 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 12)
The Bingham Canyon Copper Mine

While the current mine plans forecast an end of mining in about 2019, Bingham Canyons’ future remains bright. Company officials are looking at an expansion that, if approved, will extend the mine life until about 2036.

October 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 2)
Silver City Prospecting Adventures

Gold from Silver City, Idaho.I got to Silver City late on a Friday night (OK, it was 2:30am Saturday morning), and the first few snowflakes began to fall as I pulled into the campsite.

May 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 9)
Utah's Crescent Creek Placers

The Crescent Creek placers are considered to be one of Utah's few commercial grade placers, but they are marginal and difficult to work at a profit.

November 2009 (Vol 79, No. 3)
The Notch Peak Intrusive

Located about thirty miles west of Delta, Utah, just to the north of Highway 6-50, is a tall rocky crag with an apparent notch missing from the peak. This is Notch Peak.

October 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 2)