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

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I (enjoy) Twain’s description of a gold mine, “A hole in the ground with a liar at the top.” Some humor here? You bet, but I’m sure he meant it to be a real eye opener as well.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, became the focus of the international mining community for five exciting days in late January as two conventions catering to the precious metals mining community were held just blocks apart from each other. And, while they both had differing emphases, each convention attracted unprecedented numbers of participants.

Drywashing and Detecting for Gold


It’s important to pay attention to where you dig, because just like any placer, the gold in dry placers is concentrated in certain spots. This is especially true when you are testing and trying to determine the potential of a placer area. 

PLP Update


PLP northern director Clark Pearson stated, “Thanks to the U.S. v. Hicks case, the courts have acknowledged that claimholders are owners of land within the National Forest who are exempt.”

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.

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