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


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Identifying the Noble Metals Simple Tests That Work


Using a porcelain evaporating dish, place concentrates or head ore, equal to a tablespoon, in 60cc of aqua regia. Boil almost to dry, then add 10cc HCl (hydrochloric or muratic acid) and heat for a few minutes, and then add 30cc of water and bring to boil. Let cool while the solids are being allowed to settle. Using a pipette...

Miners Win in Montana Water Court


I hope this case inspires some of you. It shows that miners can and do succeed when they are persistent and well-prepared, even when representing themselves against state and federal attorneys in a court of law.

Prospecting for Hardrock Gold - "Eureka!" (Part III)


A quartz piece was rolled over and there it was, staring right at us—beautiful, coarse gold coming right out of the quartz rock. It was almost the size of a softball, and it looked like over one quarter of it had gold throughout!

Mining Restrictions Lifted in Southwest Alaska


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Sampling, Hydro-Shocking & Cleaning Quartz-Gold Specimens


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