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Drywashing for Eluvial Gold in the Desert—Using a Portable Drywasher and Hand Tools

Often the gold being recovered by drywashing is too fine to be recovered by metal detecting. For every “detectable” nugget found, there could be hundreds of smaller flakes of non-detectable size. Thus, for those that “read the ground,” and snipe for areas of favorable placer concentration, drywashing will continue to be both an inexpensive...

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A Father and Son Prospecting Adventure


As I write this, I am still on a rush from taking my 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, prospecting for the first time this past weekend. It’s not that he hasn’t been along on numerous outings before: this is the first time that just the two of us went out for a day of drywashing and detecting under the desert sun.

Hidden Treasure Mine—Foresthill Divide, California


One of the greatest and richest underground placer mines of California was the Hidden Treasure Mine of Placer County.

Shaker Tables for Processing Hard Rock Ores


Most placer equipment is really made with gold in the 30 and larger mesh sizes in mind, though if carefully used can often get reasonable recovery down to the 50 mesh size.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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Searching for Placer Diamonds


In order to search for placer diamonds, the prospector needs to first become familiar with the commodity that he/she is looking for. Diamonds are extraordinary minerals with extreme hardness that have inherited beauty sought for personal adornment and...

Melman Reports From PDAC—News About India, China, and a Potential Shortage of Nickel


PDAC’s (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) annual convention held each spring in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is generally regarded as the largest and most impressive annual gathering of the mining industry in the world.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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