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Prospecting for Surface Flood Gold Placers on Low and Intermediate Gradient Streams


Sample panning is a very important method used to find the richest parts of a flood gold deposit before setting up equipment and running material.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Babbitt Wants Another 4 Million Acres
• County Ruled Unfair in Mineral Valuations
• Public Comment Period for Clean Water Action Plan

A Gold Mine on a Washington Beach?


Bela and Barbara Kovacs began prospecting for gold about seven years ago as a family orientated outdoors activity. A welder by trade and lured by the simple fact that beach sands can contain small bits of precious metals, Bela decided a few years ago to build a sand sucking contraption that can sift the shoreline for anything worth keeping.

Company Looks at Restarting Sunshine Mine


The lights are on again in the Sunshine silver mine as a New Orleans company investigates whether it is profitable to buy the operation.

Gold, Quartz & Chalcedony—Part II


The specific gravity of chalcedony is 2.58 to 2.64. This is slightly lower than coarsely crystalline quartz because of slight porosity in chalcedony. Being so light, it will easily wash out of a gold pan.

Hard Rock 101: Small-Scale Blasting


…the process remains much the same: Drill holes, load explosives, close up the holes, blast and muck out the resulting broken rock.

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