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Ask the Experts: Recommended Reading—Part I

We asked several writers and professionals to recommend their favorite books or publications that they thought would benefit prospectors and miners. Each recommendation is followed by a rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced prospector or miner, or a rating of “general” (for all levels).

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• Additional access restrictions proposed in Arizona
• Oregon senators introduce bill to place state rivers and streams off-limits

Melman on Gold & Silver


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World Gold Council News


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