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Follow the chain of letters between everyday prospectors Robert and Lesa Barton of Oregon and Deputy Regional Forester Linda Goodman.

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The Mexican Gold Belt


Mexico is a large country, much larger than the state of Alaska. It is almost as long as the US is wide. It has climates that range from tropical rainforests in the south to barren deserts in the north. The Sierra Madre is a forested plateau that reaches elevations in excess of 10,000 feet. It parallels the west coast of the country.

Detecting A Trashy Area


Some prospectors would have assumed it was another shotgun shell, but in this case it was 17.6-pennyweight nugget!

Coeur d'Alene Mines Sees Future in Bolivia


Coeur d’Alene Mines newest silver project has found a home in a historic Bolivian mining district.
The company will build a $135 million open-pit mine at the base of Cerro Rico, the “rich hill” that was the site of a 1545 silver strike.

Prospecting on the North Yuba


The research I did for “Gold in the Slate Creek Basin” (September 2011 issue) found me chasing a channel out of the LaPorte territory headed towards the old mining town of Brandy City, California.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bill to limit Antiquities Act
  • PLF seeks relief from Endangered Species Act abuses

Rahall Proposes Bill to End All Mining in the U.S.


H.R. 699, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, should be labeled H.R. 666 because it appears to have been written by the Devil himself.

From the Editor


The past year was an extremely busy one here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.

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The Bawl Mill   • Potaro District, Guyana   • World Gold Council Launches $3 Million Ad Campaign   • Prospecting With Color   • Prospecting for Platinum in Wyoming   • Picks & Pans: More Big River Dredging in Northern California   • Epithermal Ore Deposits Associated With Tertiary Volcanism—And the Feasibility of Metal Detecting for Them   • A Changing Diamond Industry Looks to Canada for Growth   • History of Mining—Bradshaw Mountains, AZ—Part II   • Company Notes   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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