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Judge Rules Against Oregon Miner

A federal judge convicted Oregon miner Clifford Tracy of illegal mining while digging for gold on US Forest Service land.

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Corralling Those Pesky Platinum Group Metals


Some assay beads disappear, collapse, hide under the surface, or spread out flat while being cupelled, just as the last tiny bit of liquid litharge is driven off. This is especially true of platinum, iridium and osmium, when attempting to re-bead the filtered residue from a parted bead.

The Golden Highway—Tuolumne County


Heading north into Tuolumne County on California’s Highway 49—the “Golden Highway”—from Mariposa County, you see few traces of the gold rush days because the largest mining town of the period is now covered by Don Pedro Reservoir. If you slow down and take a careful look, along the shores of the lake are numerous streaks of tailings that mark the mines of the old town of Jacksonville.

China Closing More Than 1,000 Mines


It was only a few years ago that China was taxing and limiting quantities of exports for rare earths in an effort squeeze the market, drive up prices and extract the most in the way of income.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


…the general investment community has turned away from mining shares over the past three years and moved whole-heartedly into conventional investments.

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