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

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Ruling Awards Giant Nugget to Finder


A court ruled that a taxi driver and amateur prospector who unearthed a 14.5-pound (6.6-kg) gold nugget on someone else's land is allowed to keep it.

Ask the Experts - Processing sulfide ore without mercury or cyanide.


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Huge Nugget To Be Auctioned


A 56-pound (25-kilogram) nugget belonging to an Australian prospector is 80 percent to 90 percent high-purity gold, University of Southern California scientists confirmed recently.

Mining Expedition at Eagle Rock—Part I


Dredging near Eagle Rock on the North Fork of the Salmon River, California.We spent the winter and spring months obtaining all of the prospecting and camping gear that would be needed to sustain the five of us for 14 days on the river.

Picks & Pans: Dredging Costa Rica


My interest in gold mining began with a few friends who, knowing that I was a chemist by trade (never mind that I am a biochemist), interrogated me every day at the gringo coffee shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Miner Unhappy After Judge Dismisses Charges


Don Eno, a well-known miner and prospector in Plumas National Forest, is the Public Affairs Director of the Lost Sierra Mining & Historical Association and the Northern Office for Public Lands for the People (PLP). He was issued a citation for violating Forest Order 03-98—“camping for longer than 30 days per calendar year...”

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