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

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Allied Nevada Reactivates Hycroft Mine


Hycroft MineBecause the gold here is not coarse enough to be recovered in a pan, the deposit was not recognized as holding any significant potential for precious metals until 1908...

Golden Age of Gold Dredges


Over one hundred years ago, gold mining in California saw a radically new method tried out in the major rivers of the Central Valley. Large gold dredges floated lazily but noisily on the waters, bringing up the rich gravel from deep below. With none of today’s environmental restrictions on such methods, the landscape was reworked into a maze of patterns along the rivers.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


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Bella's Birthday Nugget


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Mineralized Faults and Contacts in the Search for Gold


Fault zones and rock contacts are important because the vast majority of gold and silver deposits, as well as those of many other metals, are formed by hot, mineralized water solutions.

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