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Great Basin Gold

The Great Basin, first named by Capt. John Fremont in 1843, consists of a vast region of internal drainage, occupying most of Nevada and western Utah, and parts of California, Oregon, and Idaho.

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The Tombstone Silver-Lead District, Arizona


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Lease Issued For Potential Mine Near Mount St. Helens


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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  • Comments needed on Forest Service Part 228 regulations

Ask the Experts


Q: Does anyone know of an electrowinning instrument that will plate (heavy plate) rhodium and iridium? I have both in solution. (Solution content = 262.9 oz/ton of iridium; 14.9 oz/ton rhodium.)
If I have precious metals in solution in bulk, say 620 to 1,000 gallons, is there a facility to extract the precious metals out? If so, can each be isolated?

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