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John Norman

John been involved in prospecting, rock hounding and amateur mining for 20+ years and is a licensed blaster. He currently serves on a Search & Rescue team that covers abandoned mines and other underground rescue in San Bernardino County, CA. He welcomes questions via email.

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Hardrock 101

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Explosives Outlook 2023

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Breaking Boulders With Explosives

Using A Blasting Machine in Rock Breaking

Surviving the Unexpected

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Commercial Blaster Training

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Colorado Uranium Mining in the 1950s Boom

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The Basics of Permitting and Bonding Your Mining Operation

Hard Rock 101: Blasting With Kinepak Explosives

Hard Rock 101: Advanced Micro Blasting

Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting

Hard Rock 101: Small-Scale Blasting

Hard Rock 101: Micro Blasting

Hard Rock 101: Mechanical Techniques

Hard Rock 101: Breaking Rock—Part I


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