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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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Detecting My Way Across Australia—Pt II


It was round and I thought it was a dirty piece of lead shot, but after feeling the weight and giving it a spit-cleaning I knew I had one! Small as the nugget was, I felt happy and gratified for my little success

Gold Deposits in Skarn


Skarn consists of coarse-grained calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminum silicates formed by hydrothermal solutions, which replace limestone or dolomite near the contact with an igneous intrusion. The contact metamorphism is usually caused by an intrusion such as quartz monzonite, granodiorite, or similar rock type, which may or may not be mineralized.

Fair and Balanced? If You Have the Cash


Have you ever wondered how misinformation about gold mining makes its way into the mainstream publications and news sources? Recently I stumbled across a “news” story that was pure rhetoric.

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Selecting a Gold Recovery System


Tabling and jigging are two relatively inexpensive methods of recovering the “free particle values” from the noble metal ores. However, not all ores contain their values as free particles. In fact, many gold ores contain appreciable amounts of “metallic gold salts,” some of which readily dissolve in the system water and continue to migrate right along with it.

PLP Update


We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.

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