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Chris Ralph

Chris Ralph

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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 or via email.

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Unique Rare Earth Mine in Texas

Achieving Accurate Metal Detector Discrimination

Montana Gold and Sapphires Revisited

High Sulfidation Epithermal Deposits

Ask The Experts - Do you have more info on Silver Peak?

Ask The Experts - Forest Service blocking claim access

Hard Rock and Placer Gold of Manhattan, Nevada

Revisiting Old Haunts

Ask The Experts - Is this gold?

Entry-Level Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting

How to Recognize Hard Rock Gold Ores

The Coeur Rochester Mine

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The Rochester Mining District of Nevada

Ask The Experts: What is a Spanish needle?

Ask The Experts: Sulfides and fluxes

Ask The Experts: Is this BLM demand legitimate?

What Have You Got to Lose?

Glaciers and Placer Gold Deposits

Ask The Experts: Should I remove someone else’s claim post from my claim?

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

Critical Metals: Lithium

Ask the Experts: Silent partners and mining—is it worth the risk?

Ask the Experts: Big rocks or small cobbles?

Ask the Experts: Quartz rock and the chance of gold in my area of New Hampshire?

Ask the Experts: Equipment and gold locations in Colorado

Sierra County Gold—Part II

Alternative Gold Leaching Methods

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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

All About Quartz—Part II

Breaking Rock the Old School Way

The Birimian Greenstone Belts of West Africa

All About Quartz—Part I

Ask the Experts - processing plants that can extract rare earth metals

Ask the Experts - what does MDB&M stand for?

Ask the Experts - proper mining claim procedures

Hard Rock Milling: A Matter of Scale

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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: 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

Cyanide-Free Gold Separation

Ask The Experts—Amalgamation

China Gold Imports Increased 500 Percent in 2010

The Downieville Gold District

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

Oregon Requires Permit for Hand Sluicing

American Manganese

Using A Trommel For Placer Processing

Nevada Creates Mining Claim Tax to Balance Budget

Beach Mining for Gold

California's Rich Pocket Mines

Prospecting for Rare Earth Metals

Picks & Pans: Perseverance Pays Off

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

Gold Deposits of Georgia

Building A Mine—Dust Devil Sunstones

Natural Crystalline Gold

Tools of the Modern Prospector: The GPS

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

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