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In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres

We have concessions high in the Occidental mountains to the west, while down near our pueblo we have begun construction of a mill to process the ore we will soon be mining. As I look around, our new shop with its adjoining wings...

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Ask The Experts—Using classifiers


Q: I would like to know how to use a classifier when I dump my gravel into my sluice box. I would also like to know what sizes classifiers come in. I know that they are in sizes like -3/4. What does the “minus” in the size mean? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Land of Golden Dreams—California in the Gold Rush Decade


San Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.

California State Gold Panning Championships


This year’s 2015 California State Gold Panning Championships were wild and hectic.

Utilizing Geologic Maps


Geologic maps generally appear complex and daunting, and certainly some are. However, many have information hidden within their bright splashes of colors and patterns that can aid the prospector who takes the time to study them.

Exploring Iron Oxide Copper Gold Deposits


The excitement over IOCG deposits began with the discovery of a monster deposit at Olympic Dam in Australia in 1976. The discovery was accidental as the operator was searching for strata-bound copper deposits.

Sampling Mineral Deposits


The accurate sampling of mineral deposits for testing and analysis is perhaps the most important step involved in both mineral exploration and development. It is a critical factor in initial prospecting efforts and the preliminary investigation of grassroots exploration projects, yet sampling is often performed in a haphazard and incomplete fashion during the early stages of prospecting and exploration activities.

Today's MSHA


We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.

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