September 2007 by StaffExcerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Public Lands for the People Educates Prospectors
Public Lands for the People (PLP), a strong advocacy group for property rights, recently went on a campaign to educate prospectors regarding 3809 regulations.
McCain Derides Clinton Forest Policy
Sen. John McCain stated recently that if elected president, he would overturn President Clinton's executive order putting more national forest land off-limits to logging.
There is one rule of thumb when prospecting for gold in Alaska: You’ll find your best pay in southern-sloped exposed ground. This is not to say there’s no gold on northern exposed gulches where the sun has trouble reaching it and limited melting occurs. It’s harder, and more time consuming, to look for easy prospects in northern exposures.
Lessons Learned From Geologists
Not long after this, I was camped out with the geologist beside the Similkameen River where he showed me the evidence that an ancient channel existed on our claim.
Proper Assaying of Placer Samples
The whole purpose of sampling mineralized ground is to measure the values in a small volume of material that would be representative of a much larger volume of similar material. The key word is representative. Chemical and fire assaying will not accurately represent placer deposits by themselves.
New Study of the Formation of Nuggets—Part II
Last month we took a look at the origins of coarse gold nuggets and the results of some new science about how they form. This new information pointed out that many nuggets once thought to be of secondary origin are formed under hot conditions...
Picks & Pans: Koyukuk River Gold—Prospecting Alaska's Brooks Range
The water rose up in a great splash around the front of the pickup. The tires smashed into a couple of large boulders and suddenly the truck nosed down into a deep hole and bounced back out as I stepped on the gas pedal.
The Bawl Mill • Ask the Experts • Mining Gold at 16,000 Feet • Locating a New Nugget Patch • Journeys in the Kingman Quadrangle—Part II • The American Hill Mine • In Pursuit of Gold & Silver in the Sierra Madres—The Plan • Cal-Gold Closes Shop After 30 Years • The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007 • Prison Time Handed Out for Gold and Silver Thefts • Northern Dynasty Chooses Partner for Pebble • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes, Mineral & Metal Prices