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QCould you inform me as to what “barite” is used for? Where can I locate a company that mines barite?

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Mojave Desert Placer Mining


Several locations in the Mojave Desert region of California have yielded placer gold, apparently scattered from nearby lode deposits that have long-since eroded from existence. Some of the areas are still popular with weekend prospectors, and some have been worked on a much larger scale in recent years.

N.Y. Congressman Introduces Utah Wilderness Bill


For the fifth time in the last decade, New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey has introduced legislation to set aside wilderness in Utah.

Guest Editorial—Unreasonable Interpretations


Throughout the colorful history of mining, reviews of old documents and stories have led to new mineral discoveries.

Shaker Tables for Processing Hard Rock Ores


Most placer equipment is really made with gold in the 30 and larger mesh sizes in mind, though if carefully used can often get reasonable recovery down to the 50 mesh size.

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Reinventing the Wheel—The Infinity-Jet


To all the miners who read the article, “New Life for the Suction Dredge,” printed in the December 2003 issue of ICMJ, I have an amusing update for you. I periodically go through my old back issues and I found the December 1981 issue very interesting.

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