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How California Became the Golden State

On the morning of the 19th of January, 1848, Marshall went out to examine the cut and inspect the progress that had been made overnight.

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Platinum in Laccoliths


Laccoliths are unusual igneous features that seem to occur in the stable interior parts of continents. They are concordant igneous intrusions that have domed the overlying rocks and are circular in plan, and less than 10 miles in diameter. This article deals with some of the laccoliths found in the scenic Colorado Plateau province of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona...

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).

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Funds eliminated for federal land acquisitions
• ANWR leasing
• GAO scolds Fish & Wildlife
• Red Rock wilderness proposed again
• BLM websites still down
• Karuk lawsuit update

Over the Divide


Lynn Gunn
June 18, 1955 — August 3, 1999

Alluvial Paystreaks


The gravels in contact with the bedrock or false bedrock base are often the richest. The same facts apply to the alluvial paystreaks that are formed on gravel bars; the lowest level of the gold-bearing gravel is normally the richest.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• ESA changes proposed

Identifying Gold Ores


The following “clues” describing “hard rock gold ores,” while not 100% dependable, certainly will give gold prospectors an advantage:

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