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Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part II Recognizing and Understanding Rock Formations (Petrology)

Rocks are an aggregate formed from the accumulation of minerals. Minerals form under various conditions, and when the minerals come together in mass, they form rocks.

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PLP Update


PLP is also looking toward meeting with the incoming chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and it appears it will be Senator Barrasso (R-Wyoming).

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Lucky Shot Mine and the Willow Creek Plutons


Once a thriving mining community, the town of Lucky Shot, Alaska,  also known as Kellyville, is nowhere to be found today. Buildings were either hauled away or burned. The snow loads of the Talkeetna Mountains crushed some of...

Slug Gulch


Slug Gulch. What a name. It originates back into the 1860s or so. The question is whether it was referring to the snail-like creature or to large pieces of gold. The name alone is enough for any prospector to consider checking the area out.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• State officials rip EPA plan for Coeur d'Alene Basin
• Judge keeps parts of suit over cyanide ban alive
• Change in arsenic standard will be felt in rural areas

A Journey Into the Silver Peak Range


The Gold Rush in California called hundreds of thousands of souls to leave their homes to journey to the the far reaches of the West. At first the rich goldfields of the Sierra Nevada beckoned to these adventurous pioneers.

Utah Mining History Being Erased


The history of an important and prominent semi-ghost town of Eureka, Utah has been targeted by the Utah Department of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) for immediate reclamation of “abandoned” mining sites.

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