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Common Operations—Small-Scale Mining and Sharing the "Take"

The “Forty-niners,” known as “Argonauts,” separated the loose gold known as “wet diggin’s” from the river gravels using a wash pan. The pan was made of tin or iron and had a flat bottom and sloping sides.

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Collecting Garnets in Wyoming


In Wyoming, garnets are often common where aluminum-rich (micaceous) rocks have been highly metamorphosed. Such rocks are recognized by abundant black (biotite), silver (muscovite), or green (chlorite) mica with periodic grains of red garnet.

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Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them


Many friends have come up to my locale to detect for gold. I am writing this article hoping that it may help anyone who uses a detector to prospect for gold nuggets.

Couple Creates Jewelry of the Iron Range


Bryan and Teresa Sandnas’ idea of turning taconite into high-quality jewelry seemed as brilliant as ... well, a lump of iron ore. But what seemed like an implausible plan has turned a crude Iron Range resource into small pieces of beauty.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Small miners can join bonding pool in Alaska
• Comments needed for diesel particulate matter proposed rule
• Administration asks Supreme Court to review wilderness ruling
• Bush selects Utah Governor as next EPA chief

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Subtle and Not So Subtle Dangers of Hard Rock Mining


I’ve been in enough mines to know better, and I mentally kicked myself several times. That was a close call…

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