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

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Somehow, we received the impression from these two gatherings and from other conversations that bureaucrats in general are simply not aware of how difficult it is to raise capital to finance mining operations and how important it is for newer companies to show true progress in order to receive further financing.

Famous Yuba River Dredge Sinks


The Yuba #21 gold dredge sunk in the Yuba Goldfields of northern California in late January.

The Potholes—California’s Oldest Known Mining District


Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
  • Army asks for REE proposals

Epithermal Ore Deposits Associated With Tertiary Volcanism—And the Feasibility of Metal Detecting for Them


Epithermal ore deposits are common in regions of late volcanic activity, especially areas associated with Miocene and later Pliocene extrusive volcanics that have not been deeply eroded since the ore was deposited. Many are simple fissure veins, but stock-works and ore-pipes are also common.

Uncovering the Find of a Lifetime


• The 75-ounce Butte County nugget is the largest found in California since the 156-ounce Mojave nugget in the 1970s...

Melman on Gold & Silver


Two potentially important Canadian projects, which could have produced revenues in the billions and jobs in the tens of thousands, have now been officially abandoned and the reasons offered by both relate to the economic impossibility of successfully negotiating all the regulatory obstacles that have been presented.

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Please Note:   • The Bawl Mill   • Kerry Proposes Large Fees on Miners   • Is a Gold Rush Coming to the Iron Range?   • The Klamath Oldland   • Baker City is Defined by Gold Rush   • Picks & Pans: George Duffy Jr.—Pocket Miner Extraordinaire   • Coeur Alaska Hopes to Begin Work on Gold Mine This Fall   • Crater of Diamonds, Arkansas   • Company Plans to Develop Cabinet Mountains Mine   • I-147 Before Montana Supreme Court   • Diamond Exploration and Mining Heating Up in North America   • Gold in Serbia   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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