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Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part III Understanding Plate Tectonics, Volcanism and Mountain Building

The formation of gold, silver and many other types of deposits depends on a natural segregation of the elements from the earth, so that gold or silver (and other minerals) becomes enriched enough to form a valuable ore.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


I believe gold and silver prices, to at least some extent, negatively mirror the society's confidence in the ability of government to continue providing economic and social services.

Representative Manweller Lends a Hand in Washington State


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Picks & Pans: Virginia Prospecting


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Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

Ghost Towns of Washington County, Utah


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