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Fire Agate in Arizona

Agate, a banded form of chalcedony (cryptocrystalline quartz), has been used as a gemstone for over 7,000 years. Romans cut and polished agate, and this practice was taken to new heights in Germany in the 16th century.

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Company Notes


• Pan American Silver Corp.
• ESG Canada
• Vista Gold Corp.

A New Prospecting Spot


Once indicators start showing up along or below a contact I start to get excited. When I have shale, and outcroppings of diorite with iron-red, gritty soil and some clay thrown in, I really get lightheaded. I may be a mile away from the nearest diggings but that’s okay. I just found a spot that could provide some nice nugget hunting.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• NEDC Surrenders in Oregon
• The California saga continues

Ask the Experts


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Interview with Congressman Gibbons on Mining Law Reform


Representative Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada) said he believes now is the time to address reform of mining law during a recent interview at the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) convention in Spokane.

Willow Creek Dredging Trip


When I received an invitation for a Fourth of July dredging trip from my friend Leonard, I thought it a terrific way to not only show respect for America's freedoms, but also as a way to honor the throngs of prospectors whose labors fueled our nation's...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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• Supreme Court of Canada rules on aboriginal title claims
• No agreement reached in suction gold dredge permitting case

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