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Dredging for Monazite in Idaho

The advent of the nuclear age, after World War II, aroused concerns in government circles when officials realized the United States was entirely dependent upon foreign sources of supply for rare earth elements. This prompted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to enlist the US Bureau of Mines Special Minerals Investigation Branch to evaluate monazite-bearing placers in the United States in 1948.

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California State and US National Panning Championships


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Advertising Manager Leaving ICMJ


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed for Washington's Buckhorn Mountain
• Rep. Gibbons goes to bat for Nevada
• More land acquisition on the way?
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2000 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees


ICMJ congratulates this year's inductees to the National Mining Hall of Fame.

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