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Gem Discoveries Sought in North Carolina Field

The gem miner who uncovered North America’s largest emerald thinks he’s found a mother-lode of emerald-rich rock in Alexander County.

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The Rochester Mining District of Nevada


Only the richest ores could be worked and shipped off for processing at a profit. As a result, early mining in the southern part of the Humboldt Range was short-lived. In the 1880s, placers were discovered in Spring Valley and American Valley on the east side of the range...

Mining Ends in Leadville


An era ended in Leadville February 4, when the last miners left the Black Cloud mine and hung up their brass tags for the last time.

Oldest Journal Contest - The Winners


We received entries from readers in fourteen states for our contest to find out who has the oldest surviving copy of the Journal, originally named the California Mining Journal..

Mining Gold Near Elk Creek, Oregon


Using a small excavator to load the gold-bearing ore into the trommel.Ed Bechtel got the gold bug rather recently. In 1999, he was introduced to prospecting by his brother-in-law. Ed joined the Washington Prospectors Mining Association, a local prospecting club, and attended a few gold shows. It was through a gold...

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Beach Mining for Gold


Commonly these layers contain small particles of gold and platinum, and in places where they are sufficiently concentrated, the metallic particles are abundant enough to be extracted profitably.

California State Gold Panning Championships


This year’s 2015 California State Gold Panning Championships were wild and hectic.

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