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Diamond Dealer Prevails in Congo

The one he’s rolling around in his fingers is nice—5.23 carats, nearly the size of a marble, pure and white. But the diamond that Alphonse Ngoyi Kasanji is talking about is the big one—the one that got taken away.

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Simple Rules of Gold Geology: Comparing Epithermal and Mesothermal Deposits


Geology is a science of general tendencies with frequent exceptions, not one of hard and fast rules that are always true and never vary. For almost every well-accepted rule of gold deposits, I can point you to a number of important exceptions.

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Gryphon Gold and the Borealis Project


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PLP Update: A Huge Win for Miners


PLP cannot understate the importance of this legal decision in our present battles with the political powers of the California swamp.

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