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Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part IV Geology of Hardrock Gold Deposits

Geologic processes can either concentrate or disperse gold and other elements from adjacent rocks. It is the results of the concentration processes that the prospector is most interested in.

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California and US Gold Panning Championships


The objective was to pan down all the material from the three-gallon bucket, extract the gold into a small vial, and then signal completion. Every lost flake added a five-minute penalty.

MMAC & PLP Update


Just prior to our press deadline, we learned that a bill had been introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives to redefine suction gold dredging as a preferred use in public waterways in Idaho.

The Carissa Gold Mine, South Pass, Wyoming—A Sleeper?


The Carissa is part of a patented group of claims (private property) near South Pass City in the southern Wind River Mountains of western Wyoming. The mine lies a short distance southeast of State Highway 28 which runs north to Lander and provides excellent access to the area.

Washington Gold & Fish Regulations Update


The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) announced the release of their new small-scale mining regulations. Public meetings were scheduled at several locations in the state to collect comments, but we learned just prior to press time that the process has come to a halt.

Picks & Pans: Mining Tungsten Ore—A Case History


In 1977, when the price of tungsten hit one of its highs, three of us formed U.S. Western Mines to look for scheelite, the mineral ore of tungsten. Union Carbide Corporation was purchasing raw tungsten ore at...

Melman on Gold & Silver


We’re all familiar with the saying, “What goes up must come down,” but last month the markets took the opposite tack and the mantra became, “What went down must come up” as strong rallies moved the Dow, NASDAQ and even our world of gold higher.

Uniting The Small Miners


Have you ever wondered what it is going to take to stop the insanity of politicians and environmental groups from taking away our rights?

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