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How to Utilize Assays and Evaluate Results

Assay furnace - photo courtesy Inspectorate AmericaAsk the lab manager how your ores will be tested, and ask to see the equipment that will be used. If you are told it’s a secret that can’t be explained, you need another assayer.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• The ESA used, and apparently abused, in Arizona and New Mexico
• In a somewhat related story...
• Among the numerous bills that died when Congress adjourned...
• More on the ESA
• Miners must present proof of filing, says IBLA
• Federal government backs mining project
• Appeals Court says Clinton roadless rule can stay

Picks & Pans: The Glory Hole


I started the New Year of 1998 with great anticipation of finding that elusive vein of gold. Twice a year I planned my vacation carefully, not to miss the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. I wanted to be smack in the heart of the Downieville gold field.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Looking for Gold in British Columbia


Mother lodes and placers get found, finds become prospector’s stories, stories become legends, legends become myths, and myths become the fodder for armchair prospectors and daydreams. Over the decades, the Canadian province of British Columbia has had more than its share of legends and myths ascribed to it.

Mining Boom May Be In Store For Upper Michigan


While digging a well six years ago, the owner of a backwoods camp near the Michigan-Wisconsin line cut into sparkling rock. He showed a sample to a geologist friend, who realized it was laced with zinc.

Picks & Pans: Dredging at Douglas Creek, Wyoming


Labor Day! The last chance of the year to do some dredging in Wyoming. Wyoming’s dredging season runs from June through the Labor Day weekend.

Ask the Experts: Tantalite in an African nation -- is it worth pursuing?


Q: Tantalite in an African nation -- is it worth pursuing?

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