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Forest Service Chief Calls for Mining Moratorium in Montana

The Forest Service wants a two-year ban on new hard-rock mining claims on 429,000 acres of national forest land on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Montana.

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Rahall Looks to Rewrite 1872 Mining Law


For over twenty years, Rahall has been introducing bills in an attempt to overhaul the 1872 Mining Law. On May 10, 2007, he introduced another bill, HR 2262, which would drastically change the laws governing mining if enacted. This time, his bill may have a chance.

Coprolite—A Prospector's Tale


Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.

Detectors: Past, Present and Future


Detectors were invented long before I was born, but it was in the 1960s when they started to become an item popular enough to power a fledgling industry. The key development was miniature transistor technology replacing the old fashioned tube technology of the 1950s, making lightweight, affordable detectors possible.

2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California


For the second year in a row the historic mining town of Foresthill hosted the California State Gold Panning Championships. The State Championships are sponsored by the Mother Lode Goldhounds, a California non-profit corporation.

Gallium and Germanium in Utah


The high-tech industries are making use of a number of so-called “minor” metals, many of which are obtained as byproducts of copper, lead, or zinc mining. Some of the minor metals have properties that are ideal for certain applications and, in some cases, advancements in technology are being held back because of a shortage of the metals.

NAS Agrees to Review Superfund Science


The National Academy of Sciences has taken a step toward reviewing a proposed cleanup plan in Idaho.

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