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

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Blackberries and Gold


There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.

Ask The Experts—Precious metals in water?


How can I determine if there are precious metals in the groundwater?

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The First Year Is The Hardest


The catch being was that it was about 60 miles from Anchorage near Hope, and a good four or five-mile hike uphill to the claims.

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.

Who Says You Have to Own a Claim to Find Gold?


Most of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.

Beginner's Luck


Their first cleanup total was more gold than they had ever found. These guys were deliriously overjoyed with their good fortune.

De Beers Undergoes Overhaul


Behind every diamond engagement ring, every diamond earring, every glittering, multicarat expression of true love once loomed the shadow of De Beers, the cartel that controlled—and, some argue, created—the international diamond industry.

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