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Alaska Minerals Poster Available from BLM

The BLM's Juneau Mineral Information Center has released a full-color 18x24 poster that highlights minerals from across Alaska.

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Vehicles Equal Moving Deductions for Mining Operations


Knowing how and when to deduct the cost and expenses of the vehicles used in the prospecting or mining operation can have significant tax implications.

Ask the Experts—Why doesn't the 1872 Mining Law apply to all 50 states?


Q: In the Feb 2008 Mining Journal you ran an article, “Gold Deposits of North Carolina,” by Chris Ralph. The article states that the 1872 Mining Law does not apply in North Carolina and in fact only has merit in 19 of the 50 states. Can you explain how that could happen?

Mining Law—A Short History


The General Mining Law of 1872 is not antiquated, but its roots are ancient, stemming from Greek and Roman law, and continued in English and Spanish law. The recorded laws and practices of mining extend back nearly 3000 years.

Pacific Island Gov'ts Focus on Undersea Mining


Pacific Island nations have started devising regulatory laws to help create a new industry in this near-resourceless region: mining the sea floor.

Metal Detector Only Requirement for Hunting Treasure


In 1977, Mary Lee Bunch bought her husband a Christmas gift she joked would "keep him off the streets." Sure, Milton Bunch is off the streets. But now you can't keep him off the roadsides...

Estimating Gold Values in Placer Gravels


The single most important question to be answered when evaluating a placer deposit is: “How much is it worth?” Accurate sampling of placer gravels is essential to obtain a reasonable estimate of the total gold values contained in the deposit.

Disturbing Trend: Federal Judges Disregard Mining Laws


Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.

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