October 2002 by Ron WendtA local mining company had been mining in the Circle mining district area creeks in interior Alaska for sixteen years. Using bulldozers, drag-lines, water pumps, and large sluicing plants, the owner-operator was very familiar with the geology...
The lake is at the southern tip of the San Andreas Fault, which has shifting tectonic plates that bring molten material closer to Earth’s surface. The only other part of the US known to have more geothermal brine available is on the fault’s other end in Northern California.
You will find a few articles in this issue that you wouldn’t normally expect to see in the Journal. Don’t fret—we’re not changing our focus, but the time seemed right to address a few pressing topics.
The Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources has released the Directory of Active Mines in Arizona, 2001-2002.
How do I extract my gold from this ore?
“What does it take to get into gold detecting?” This may seem like a simple question, but the more I hear it, the more I realize it is a frequent question that needs to be answered.
Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Placer Gold in Idaho • Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953 • Simple Sluice Design • Cobalt and Nickel in Missouri • Sunshine Mine Video Brings Back Painful Memories • Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old • Company Notes • Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter • Gondwana Gold and Diamonds • Looking Back • Ghost Towns of Washington County, Utah • The Fire Within • 2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver