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For a Few Specks of Gold

The gold at the Ruby Hill Mine is microscopic, specks of specks that amount to a few ounces in every 100 tons of rock. It is embedded hundreds of feet beneath the rocky floor of the high desert, tawny and stubbled with sagebrush, toothy ridges dusted with snow.

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Looking Back


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

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Until about 20 years ago, interest in Wyoming's gold was at an all-time low, not only because of relatively-low gold prices, but also due to the lack of information on many of the state's gold deposits.

A Changing Diamond Industry Looks to Canada for Growth


Robert Gannicott speaks in almost spiritual tones about the position his small Canadian diamond company holds and the forces—both natural and economic—that put it there.

The Golden Highway—Calaveras County


Heading north along Highway 49 into the central Mother Lode, the first old mining town in Calaveras County was Melones, located along the banks of the Stanislaus River. The town was named for the unique coarse gold flakes found in the gravels that resembled melon seeds, hence the name that came from the Mexican miners.

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An original copy of our very first issue was recently found at the North Star Mining Museum in California by Carol Marshall, and the museum was nice enough to return it to us! (Read the full story.)

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Reserves and Resources Explained


Reservers and resources are very important to prospectors and miners, but they may be vague terms to some.

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