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Hardrock Detecting

A 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...

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Only one word truly describes the greatest source of headlines during the past month and that word is “politics.” With the November 6 Congressional and Presidential elections drawing ever closer and with both party’s conventions having been recently concluded, we take a serious look at the political situation below.

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.

Coprolite—A Prospector's Tale


Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.

Ask The Experts: Assay problem or recovery problem?


Q: I have tried various leaching techniques from which I cannot get a precipitate.

Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre; The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Part III


In 1880, Alexander Roby Shepherd, former governor of Washington, DC, prepared to move his wife and family of six children to the wilds of the Sierra Madre. Going with him would be mining men, cooks, assistants, a bookkeeper and others to assist in the new adventure.

Mining Stock Quotes & Mineral and Metal Prices


Melman on Gold & Silver


...one of the hallmarks of the past month has been a series of incredibly swift reversals that have shaken virtually every market we follow. From the end of July through mid-August, both precious and base metals have fallen sharply; the petroleum complex has likewise come under heavy selling...

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