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Effectively Using a Detector and Drywasher for Placer Gold

A "How-To" method for small group sniping and reclaiming old placer areas.

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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...

Gold, Quartz & Chalcedony—Part I


Gold has always been noted to have an affinity for quartz to such a degree prospectors almost always dig on quartz veins in a search for the precious metal.

Hands & Pans on the South Yuba River


If you confess to being a recreational "hands-and-pans" mining enthusiast, chances are you do not hold your own valid mining claim. You also realize locating a stretch of stream or river to legitimately dip your gold pan into is as much work to find as those precious flecks of gold.

MCS Index Shows Decrease in Mining Costs


The latest Mining Cost Service (MCS) Cost indexes, released on February 26 by Western Mine Engineering, Inc., display a hint of a silver lining in the cloud hanging over the U.S. Mining Industry.

Update On “Special Rock” Kicking


Bob “Neverquit” Abendschein’s article on his “Special Rock” in the December 2006 issue was short and to the point. As Neverquit and I are old friends, I sent him e mail:

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Salmon populations and the ESA
• Miners need to get involved in Utah

The Verde Copper-Gold-Silver-Zinc District, Jerome, Arizona


When I was a student in the College of Mines at the University of Utah, the Verde district was used as an exploration model for “submarine volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.” So I looked forward to visiting this district and the town of Jerome in central Arizona in the spring of 2012.

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