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

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The Highs and Hazards of Desert Prospecting


We hit on a good spot the last time we were at this location and we made up our minds that we weren’t going to let hurricane-like winds stop us.

Melman on Gold & Silver


On a similar vein, while the number of new non-farm jobs created rose by a modest 156,000 in September, it must be pointed out that Goods Production Payrolls rose by only 10,000 jobs while much lower paying service jobs accounted for the other 146,000.

The Pay Streak: Redefined With Metal Detectors


The time-honored objective in recovering gold from placers has always been to discover and recover gold from the detritus of both known and unknown lodes. The traditional method to recover gold from desert dry placers was to locate and work the enriched gravels known as the “pay streak.” This pay streak was usually found directly over false or true bedrock and within the upper few inches of the bedrock itself.

The Ely Copper-Gold District of Nevada


The main ore deposits of the Ely district are associated with an east-west belt of altered and mineralized rocks measuring about one mile wide that extends 8 miles westward from Ely.

More Fiddling While Forests Burn


Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.

Detector Brings New Life to An Old Lode Mine


…it was immediately evident the previous owner had not been using a detector. During just a few months of working the dumps part-time, he recovered gold in quartz specimens valued in excess of $40,000.

Resolution Copper Project To Be Reviewed By Year-End


If approved, the project would use block caving to extract the remaining ore, most of which is 7,000 feet below ground level.

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