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Detecting at Old Hydraulic Mines


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Working the Belmont Mine, Butte, Montana—1953 (Part 2)


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Alluvial Fans


Alluvial fans are essentially dry land “deltas” which can be found in all climates. However, they are best developed in arid and semi-arid regions, where they may be many square miles in area. They are built up by outpourings of silt, sand, and gravel caused by seasonal run-off, as well as by boulders and cobbles carried by flash floods.

The Business of Mines—Consider Your Tax Deductions Now


Uncle Sam, the not-so-silent partner of every miner, dredger and prospector is willing, using our tax laws, to help reduce out-of-pocket expenditures necessary to acquire business assets and property. In addition to the well-known depreciation deduction, however, the tax laws permit tax write-offs for other, less tangible business assets. The best time to explore and lock-in many of these overlooked and misunderstood deductions is now, well before the end of the tax year.

Authorities Search for Lost Treasure Hunters


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The Bawl Mill


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• The hogs are at the trough again
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