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Ask The Experts—Columbium/Niobium

A: Niobium is a rare and strategically important metallic element used in a number of specialized high tech applications. The pure metal is a shiny grey color, but it takes on a bluish tinge...

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The Rush to Treasure Hill


There were some exceptional times in the far-flung history of the West. Rich finds of minerals that set men’s souls ablaze. From the rich gold fields of California, men who arrived too late to find riches went searching in every direction. The trail that we will follow leads east, past the shining silver district of the Comstock Lode.

Flood Stage—The Key to Reading a River


We knew what to do—we moved our project far enough from the river to escape the two hundred foot shoreline rule. If the old man had been right we could do this and still be over the loop of pay dirt.

Out of the Ashes—New Access to Gold


As I arrived at my detecting location, I got all my gear and headed up the trail. I had to stop and take in the devastation all around me.

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Battle Heats Up Over California Suction Dredging


The State of California is seeking dismissal of the federal lawsuit filed by Public Lands for the People (PLP) on grounds that they are immune from such lawsuits under the 11th Amendment to the US Constitution. However, there is plenty of prior case precedence suggesting that state officials and agencies are open to such lawsuits when they assume responsibility for regulatory authority from the federal government.

Is There A Gold Shortage?


Coin and bullion dealers confirmed in mid-August that the US Mint was refusing orders from dealers.

Prospectors & Attorneys


It is a fact that when most prospectors hear the word attorney they make the sign of the cross and run for cover. I understand all that, but there does come a time when we must face the facts. Sometimes we need them.

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