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Melman on Gold & Silver

The greatest headline maker of the past month was not a person, not a war, not a nation and not a political contest. Instead, that honor belonged to a gooey, flammable, black substance called petroleum as it shot through $42.00 per barrel...

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I-147 Before Montana Supreme Court


A group supporting a ballot measure to overturn a ban on using cyanide in certain mines has told the Montana Supreme Court it should throw out a lawsuit against Initiative 147. Facts surrounding the claims of I-147 opponents must be sorted out before the high court can consider the legal challenge, said proponents who call themselves Miners, Merchants and Montanans for Jobs and Economic Opportunity.

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• Great Quest Metals Ltd
• Fronteer Development Group
• Vista Gold Corp.
• NovaGold Resources

Ask the Experts—How can I separate gold from carbon?


Q: [I have] fine gold in activated coconut shell carbon after treatment with a battery charger, battery and salt, from my deep wells. In the furnace, the carbon does not burn away to free the gold, but mixes worse than ever...

Legislative And Regulatory Update


• Good news on EPA regs
• California rewards key appointment to dredging foe
• Republicans seek to block creation of National Monuments
• Zimbabwe threatens seizure of mining rights

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21st Century American Gold Rush: Rare Earth Elements


The burning question I needed answered was why didn’t the deposit ever get mined of at least one of the valuable minerals? A couple of reasons have come to light.

The Last Chance Mining District


With all of the erosion patterns wearing away the channels down into the North Fork of the Middle Fork, we assumed placer gold was still available in the river. The question became: How do we get down the 1,600-foot elevation drop to reach the river?

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