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A Practical Approach to Dowsing

The use of dowsing methods to locate underground minerals and materials has been a rather delicate subject for some time. A certain stigma has been automatically attached to both the methods employed and the persons who use these techniques.

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Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Miners Making the Rules and Regulations?


How would you like it if you could make the actual rules and regulations governing your own business? A dream, right? Well, the existing Federal Mining Law gives a claimholder this ability in the context of organized Mining Districts.

Company Notes


• Pacific Gold
• Barrick Gold
• Wheaton River Minerals
• Goldcorp
• Kinross Gold
• Canadian Arrow Mines

How to Refine Silver—Pt I


Silver refining has been used from ancient times to change the characteristics of the metal. Early metallurgists refined silver by heating it a couple hundred degrees above its melting point and holding the metal at an elevated temperature for a period of time.

Using Mineral Deposit Models


Mineral deposit models have been used in mineral exploration for thousands of years. They were obviously not called models as we use the term today, but the idea of accumulating data to predict mineral deposits is the same. Models can be valuable tools in mineral exploration and assessment and are routinely used by major mining companies in locating and evaluating mineral deposits.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
  • Army asks for REE proposals

Mining Ends in Leadville


An era ended in Leadville February 4, when the last miners left the Black Cloud mine and hung up their brass tags for the last time.

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