Buyer Beware! Counterfeit Metal Detectors
August 2013 by Chris RalphWhen I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?
That prospecting effort you are about to spend your time on...is it worth your effort? If you are going to devote your time to it, you will need all the facts you can get.
In our May 2013 issue, we took a look at the mineral quartz, a mineral very commonly associated with gold. However, gold is not the only reason prospectors are interested in quartz. Quartz can also be very valuable as a gemstone
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
The burning question I needed answered was why didn’t the deposit ever get mined of at least one of the valuable minerals? A couple of reasons have come to light.
We spent the morning in a meeting with one of the higher-ups at the US Forest Service. I presented him with 412 complaints received from our readers, along with a summary of the complaints to make his job easier.
Normally we do not cover gem and mineral shows, but this one is a little different. The Tucson (Arizona) Gem and Mineral show is the sales source for so many small mining operations, I felt I had to address this show and its possibilities for the small miner.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Ask the Experts • Common Mistakes of the New Detectorist • The Pearce Mineralized Area, Dragoon Mountains, Arizona—Part II • Mining for Gemstones and Mineral Specimens • Fighting and Winning Without a Lawyer • The Essentials of Dry Washing • Fortymile, Alaska Prospecting Adventure • Court Says Emergency Rule in California Unjustified • Sampling Placer Stockpiles • Lower Prices Bring Layoffs • Prospecting Research • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Underground in the Original 16-1 Mine