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Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits

Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.

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The Basics of Permitting and Bonding Your Mining Operation


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So Where's The Gold?


...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.

My Lucky Month of March


My wife Maureen and I spend part of our winter season in the Quartzsite, Arizona area. One fine March morning, we left our RV camping area at approximately 10am in search of that elusive yellow metal with our metal detectors.

Hit the Slopes to Find More Gold


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A Return to Silver City, Idaho


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