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Corner Country Gold


In 1845, the intrepid Australian explorer Captain Charles Sturt set out from Adelaide, the capital of the Colony of South Australia, to search for a supposed inland sea in the center of the continent. Travelling northeast through South Australia into the northwest corner of the Colony of New South Wales, he and his party of 15 men found themselves in the midst of a fierce drought.

Excavator Testing Wet Placer Ground


The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF sues over critical habitat
  • Attorney General ends EPA slush fund

"I Got Dusted"


Out of the blue Archie mentioned, "I was dusted."  My dad misunderstood and thought Archie had developed silicosis, then known and feared as "miners lung."

Eight Reasons To Release Oil From The Strategic Petroleum Reserve


President George W. Bush lifted the executive moratorium on oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which was first established by his father, President George H.W. Bush, in 1990. The current president has argued that the United States should be “drilling for more oil here in America to take the pressure off of gasoline prices.”

The Ferris-Haggarty Copper-Gold Mine, Grand Encampment District, Wyoming


At the close of the 19th Century, optimism was high that Wyoming would become an important source for copper much like the neighbor states of Colorado, Utah, and Montana. This dream was short-lived...

Looking Back


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

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