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Hands & Pans on the South Yuba River

If you confess to being a recreational "hands-and-pans" mining enthusiast, chances are you do not hold your own valid mining claim. You also realize locating a stretch of stream or river to legitimately dip your gold pan into is as much work to find as those precious flecks of gold.

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Alluvial Fans


Alluvial fans are essentially dry land “deltas” which can be found in all climates. However, they are best developed in arid and semi-arid regions, where they may be many square miles in area. They are built up by outpourings of silt, sand, and gravel caused by seasonal run-off, as well as by boulders and cobbles carried by flash floods.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed
• Reid goes to bat for miners

Early Summer Mining in Wyoming


Old tailing piles extend for miles. There was still plenty of water flowing here, so WPA members set up highbankers at several settling ponds.

The Bawl Mill


• New Congress is off to a good start
• It’s all about connections...
• The numbers speak for themselves...

Ask the Experts: Recommended Reading—Part II


We asked several writers and professionals to recommend their favorite books or publications that they thought would benefit prospectors and miners. Each recommendation is followed by a rating of beginner, intermediate, or advanced prospector or miner, or a rating of “general” (for all levels).

Mining Hall of Fame Seeks Rhymes of the Mines


The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, Colorado, is calling for poems reflective of the mining experience for its Second Annual Miner's Poetry Jamboree.

National Mining Hall of Fall and Museum Calls for Poetry


The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, is calling for poems reflective of the mining experience for its Fifth Annual Miner’s Poetry Jamboree.

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