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

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Gold in Rotten Rock


Rotten rock (saprolite) can be found in all warm, humid regions, but is best developed in humid, subtropical climates, like that found in the American South. Outwardly, it looks like bedrock, but upon closer inspection, it can be seen that roots penetrate it and that it can be worked with a shovel or hydraulic monitor.

Melman on Gold & Silver


First, in order to compensate for the diminishment of purchasing power that usually accompanies rising inflation, investors normally have demanded higher interest rates on their investment assets. This was particularly true in the 1977-81 era when inflation soared to almost 20% and interest rates rose to roughly the same level.

An Alaskan in the Lower 48


Our destination was some old hydraulic workings where the old miners had washed literally mountains of material away to expose gold in ancient river channels.

Shallow Water Crevicing Can Bring Big Rewards


Shallow water crevicing or sniping can produce gold if you’re persistent, a hard worker and lucky. It’s nice to have a snorkel, wet suit and goggles. The best practice for success, in my humble opinion, has always been to determine the best gold location and then figure out how to capture it.

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