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Pros and Cons of Big Detector Coils


Years later I returned with a new detector with a smaller coil and detector technology more sensitive to smaller nuggets. I found my first nugget within five minutes. I had a second five minutes after that.

Strategic Metals—Part II


There are literally thousands of abandoned wasterock and ore dumps that dot the United States that could hold many tones of strategic metals.

Gold Mine Proposed in Jefferson County


What could be the first underground gold mine to open in Montana in at least a decade is proposed near the ghost town of Elkhorn in Jefferson County, Montana.

Metal-Mineral Identification Utilizing a Detector


Seldom is a metal detector used for ore sampling today. Nevertheless, this procedure still works as all BFO and VLF detectors have a non-conductive mineral zone and a conductive metal zone with a neutral null zone between them.

The Beer That Saved Goldfield


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In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres—Purchasing Land in Mexico


My wife and I spent three years laying the groundwork to build a processing mill for gold, silver, lead and some zinc in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico, in the state of Sonora. In this installment, I describe how we purchased the land to build the new mill.

Melman on Gold & Silver


The hoopla is over, the spectacular shows are just a memory. The fact is, we're stuck in the 2000s whether we like it or not! And the sad—or glad—reality is that changing the year's first number from a "one" to a "two" hasn't really changed anything other than giving us oldtimers some minor irritation now and then until we get used to things.

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