Common Operations—Small-Scale Mining and Sharing the "Take"
March 2006 by Jim StraightThe “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.
A Wolfeboro company will sell portions of one of the most talked about treasures in American history.
• California Governor buys more votes
• The Bank of the EPA
• Just put it on my card
The final environmental review for a proposed mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness appears, after 14 years, to favor allowing the hotly disputed mine to proceed.
A very famous quote that appears particularly relevant to the past month is one attributed to former British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. When asked what could most easily derail a government, he replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” We certainly had events in abundance this past month.
On January 11, 2002, at 7:00 am, a passerby found what he thought was a dead body by the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store in front of the gate to the storage lockers next door. The police arrived to find Don Thornton, the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store manager, unconscious, black and blue...
As a guide to those who are thinking of taking up this activity or those who currently practice this trade, I have created a listing of the primary tools and equipment I use when nugget hunting.
• Lawsuits galore
• Suction dredging saga continues
• HR 1937 to streamline permitting, remove obstacles to miners
• Sage-grouse debate continues
• More National Monuments
The Bawl Mill • A Word from the Editor • Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part III Understanding Plate Tectonics, Volcanism and Mountain Building • The Fortymile Goldfields • The Rocks that Burn—Part II Is Oil Shale the Answer? • Record Interest at Recent Mining Conventions • Trout Thriving In Treated Mine Water • Company Notes • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices