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Australia's First Gold Rush

Gold was found in California a few years before the first official finds were made in Australia. It was on February 12, 1851, that Edward Hammond Hargreaves flashed around specks of gold he’d found in nearby Lewis Ponds Creek and sparked the...

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Prospecting with a VLF-Type Gold Detector


Although I found my first detected nugget on a hard rock mine dump using an early VLF/TR coin hunter, it was by “following the dry washers” and detecting old tailing piles that I soon packed a metal 35mm canister with small sub-grain to...

Melman on Gold & Silver


Next, all of silver’s chart action since   mid-2011 has taken place under a declining trend line (dotted line), which has held for more than four years. Any trendline of that duration must be taken seriously.

Captain Obvious Strikes Again


The paper’s crack reporters filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding public release of “secret” emails explaining why the Interior Department recommended, and President Trump approved, shrinking Bears’ Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

Following Clues to an Old Mill and Vein Strike


My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.

Mining Trade Group Sues Nevada Over Tax Initiative


The Nevada Mining Association has filed a lawsuit to block a petition asking state voters to raise taxes on mining.

Picks & Pans: Big River Dredging in Northern California


Back in the early 1990s, a gold mining club in northern California (on the Klamath River near Happy Camp), was offering a free "Trial Week" to test their claims. I decided to take them up on their offer. After obtaining a California Dredge Permit, I loaded my trusty Jeep with my camping gear...

Rare Earth Deposit May Be Awaiting Discovery


Bill and the geologist lost interest and as far as I know, nothing more was done to locate the deposit.

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