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Chris Ralph

Chris Ralph

Associate Editor

Chris had been writing articles for us for about four years before officially joining the staff in January 2008.

Chris has worked for precious metal mining companies conducting both surface and underground operations, and has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines.

He is an individual prospector who has been searching the hills of California and Nevada for many years, finding some nice gold and gems on many occasions.

Chris is based in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

He can be reached at PO Box 3104, Reno, Nevada, 89505.

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Ask The Experts: Question about resolving a quitclaim error


Underground Mining: Stoping Methods


Digging It Dry


Summertime Gold Panning


The Seven Troughs Mining District


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Ask The Experts: How do I identify gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals?


Ask The Experts: Is there a safe DIY alternative to cyanide or mercury for extraction?


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Can You Recognize Valuable Ores?


China Closing More Than 1,000 Mines


The Essence of Gold Prospecting


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The Heavy Minerals in Your Concentrates


Critical Metals: Antimony


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Think You Got It All? Guess Again!


Enrichment of Mineral Deposits by Weathering—Part II


How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part II


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How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part I


Enrichment of Mineral Deposits by Weathering—Part I


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Gold in Quartz


Determining the Amount of Gold in Rich Ores


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Electrum: Gold and Silver Together


Mineralized Faults and Contacts in the Search for Gold


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Researching Mineralized Areas


Using Geologic Maps


All About Minerals


Gold in Tertiary Gravels


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Where Should I Start?


Rock and Formations of the Mother Lode Gold Belt


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Modern Mining Reclamation


Iron Ores and Iron Mining


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Surviving The Boom and Bust Cycle


Prospecting for Silver Deposits


Will El Nino Move Gold for Miners and End California Drought?


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Prospecting for Pegmatites


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The Basics of Froth Flotation


The Montanore Copper and Silver Project


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California's Mother Lode Quartz Veins


Perception of Mining vs. Reality


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The Gold, Silver and Base Metal Mines of Eureka, Nevada


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The Paragenesis of Gold & Silver Deposits


Gold Rush Continues in Africa


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The Silver, Gold and Gemstones of Candelaria, Nevada


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All About Pyrite


The Ely Copper-Gold District of Nevada


Small-Scale Processing of Hard Rock Ores


Uncovering the Find of a Lifetime


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What Can I Do to Save My Mining Rights?


What Equipment Do I Need?


Operation And Application Of Magnetometers


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Designing and Evaluating Placer Gold Recovery Plants


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Conductive Minerals and Your Metal Detector


BLM Raises Location and Claim Fees


Sniping for Drought Gold


Gold Ores of the Delamar District, Nevada


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Swing and a Miss


Gold Recovery with Centrifugal Bowls


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Silver and Base Metal Deposits of the Pioche District


Protecting Our Access to Public Lands


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Critical Metals: Zinc


Round Mountain, Nevada


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Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana


Gold Deposits of the Ivory Coast


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Twenty-Five Gold Indicators You Should Know


Natural Gold Alloys


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Eolian Gold Deposits


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Sierra County Gold—Part I


The Amazing Mineral Tourmaline


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Are There Any Good Prospects Left?


Using Sucker Guns to Find Gold


A Few Pointers About Cracks and Crevices


Potential Gold at Old Hydraulic Sites


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Greenstone and Gold


Hunches, Choices and Guesses


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The Essentials of Dry Washing


Lower Prices Bring Layoffs


Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Metal Detectors


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The Birimian Greenstone Belts of West Africa


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Gold Deposits of Montana


Buying a Mining Claim: Questions to Ask


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All About Garnets


What is a Valid Mineral Discovery?


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Iron Minerals, Your Detector and Gold


Prospecting for Diamonds


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Detecting at the Sixteen to One Mine


Mineral Deposit Trends: Real and Imaginary


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The Portable XRF Gun


Using Google Earth and Other Maps


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Cold Alaskan Gold—Part II


Cold Alaskan Gold—Part I


The World of the Simple Gold Pan


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Ask the Experts: Something for everyone...


Ask the Experts: VMS ore


Ask the Experts: various mining courses


Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part II


Metallic Trash—Scourge of the Prospector


Mine, Baby, Mine!


Iowa Hill District


Bigger and Better—Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit Recap


Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part I


Ask the Experts: Ionizing mercury


Ask the Experts: gold per ton; improving assay method


Tucson Show Marketing


Critical Metals: Copper


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Ask the Experts - Old workings & tailings: What are my options?


Ask the Experts - ...Worth further investigation?


Ask the Experts - Processing sulfide ore without mercury or cyanide.


4 Keys to Successful Nugget Hunting


A High Price to Pay


The Basics of Geophysical Exploration


Good Assays and Bad


NWMA Show


Successful Gold Prospecting


Ask The Experts—Iridium


Ask The Experts—Highbanker legal in CA?; Best place to sell raw gold?


Ask The Experts—Using classifiers


Recent Prospecting in Plumas County


Prospecting for Nickel Deposits


Nevada Claim Holders Form Coalition


Drywashing and Detecting for Gold


Prospecting Old Tertiary Channels


Gold & Silver of the Comstock Lode


Commercial Placer Mining With Jigs


Ask The Experts: Bench Top Crushers


How to Properly Ground Balance to Find the Most Gold


How California Became the Golden State


When Gold Moves, Placers Form


Update on Oregon, Idaho and California Suction Dredge Permits


Beach Mining for Gold


California's Rich Pocket Mines


Prospecting for Rare Earth Metals


Picks & Pans: Perseverance Pays Off


Recovering Fine Gold: Getting the Most from Your Sluice Box


Sam, the Tenderfoot Prospector


Where to Prospect for Gold in Colorado


A Modern Gold Rush In Sudan


Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part VI Geology of Placer Gold Deposits


Detecting at Old Hydraulic Mines


Prospecting at Moore Creek


The Plumas Eureka District


The Tonopah Gold and Silver District


Dredging Alternative: High Banking


Researching and Staking Mining Claims—Part II


Bucket Line Dredges


Researching and Staking Mining Claims


Basic Sniping: Prospecting With a Pan & Simple Hand Tools


Bum Luck


Mining Stocks—Things to Consider Before You Invest


Platinum Placers and Nuggets


Recovering Values from Black Sands


Gold Deposits of North Carolina


How to Get Started as a Gold Prospector


John Fremont and the Gold Mines of Las Mariposas


Cashing In Your Gold: Working With A Refiner


Gold Deposits Of South Carolina


Beyond The End of The Road


Finding Paystreak Gold With A Metal Detector


The Trail of ‘98


Detecting Invisible Gold


Ask The Experts—What Should I Do Next With This Quartz Vein?

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