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Diamond Search Underway in Alaska and Minnesota

Two Canadian companies are financing a $1 million drilling operation in the Susitna Valley after a Palmer miner discovered purple and orange garnets in gravel he dredged near Shulin Lake.

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VMS Deposits in Central Arizona


Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) deposits in the Central Arizona Precambrian volcanic belt occur within a felsic package of volcanic rocks capped by an exhalite unit comprised of cherts, iron formations and siliceous members.

Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp


Leon was leading the way as we hiked the trail out of North Canyon. Without any warning Leon leaped into the air. He had just spotted a big rattlesnake lying in the grass beside the trail.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tuck and Roll


…more difficult terrain must be traversed in the hope of locating small pockets, low depressions or small gullies on needle-covered slopes.

Record-Breaking Alaskan Nugget for Sale


Clay described working the placer claim with his D-6 in 1998, “when this big one just rolled....."

Company Notes


• U.S. Gold Corporation
• AZCO Mining Co.
• Canyon Resources Corporation
• Placer Dome, Inc.
• Vista Gold Corp.
• Grupo Mexico

One Potato, Two Potato...


Normally the detector he was using would sound off with a definitive high-to-low tone when passed over a piece of gold, which distinguished the gold from the many high iron content "hot rocks," but this one was different...

Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part II Recognizing and Understanding Rock Formations (Petrology)


Rocks are an aggregate formed from the accumulation of minerals. Minerals form under various conditions, and when the minerals come together in mass, they form rocks.

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