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History of Oil in California

Oil is a naturally occurring combustible fluid of organic origin that is commonly found in California and in many other parts of the world.

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What Are Those Rocks In My Pan?


The placer mineral identification key is designed to answer this question. It attempts to recognize all the minerals in your gold pan concentrates.

Drywashing Rules Clarified


Carson Culp, Assistant Director of Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection for BLM, sent out an internal memorandum to all state BLM directors to clarify rules pertaining to gas-powered drywashers.

Striking Gold


There’s a lot of luck involved when it comes to finding gold. Sometimes it’s being in the right place at the right time. Other times it’s simply by accident that discoveries are made.

Prospecting on the North Yuba


The research I did for “Gold in the Slate Creek Basin” (September 2011 issue) found me chasing a channel out of the LaPorte territory headed towards the old mining town of Brandy City, California.

So, Where's The Gold?—Finding Gold Detectors Miss


We decided to run a detector over each piece. If we got a decent signal we placed the piece into a high-grade pile and the rest went into another pile to be worked on later. This high-grade pile wasn’t that large—maybe 25 pounds...

Guest Editorial—Sentaor Craig of Idaho Looking Into MSHA Complaints


Citations and fines were found to be arbitrary and capricious...

Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging


...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.

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