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Diamonds in the Rough in Montana

The bright green rocks jutting through the prairie soil were hard to miss, but Tom Charlton still couldn’t believe his eyes. It was kimberlite, the molten rock in which diamonds are found, and preliminary tests had yielded a microscopic diamond.

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MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.

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Seasonal wilderness-area rangers have been among the first to go as Forest Service managers juggle budget demands.

Associated Gold Placers of the Comstock


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Melman on Gold & Silver


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California State and US National Panning Championships


On Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, two days of furious, almost non-stop panning went on.

The Petersville—Yentna Goldfields


Upon first entering this district in the early 70s, the trip into the Petersville area by vehicle was risky at best, especially during rainy periods in summer. The road has been improved somewhat since then, but not much.

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