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Melman on Gold & Silver

This was not a month for the weak-hearted. During the past thirty days, we have had an explosive intensification of the Middle East conflict, threats of OPEC using the “Oil Weapon” once again, a growing chain of events flowing out of the Enron collapse and...

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Q: Where is the best place to prospect for gold in Minnesota?

The Rocky Bar Mining District, Idaho


Rocky Bar sits on the north slope of Horse Ranch Mountain, and while the most productive placers were found in Bear Creek below Rocky Bar, most of the creeks on the south, east and north sides of the mountain contain placer gold and were worked commercially in the past.

MMAC & PLP Update


Keep in mind there are specific steps that must be taken to get your traditional mining district organized if it has fallen into disarray.

The Ups and Downs of Geologic Faults


Faults are fractures, breaks and broken zones in the Earth’s crust where one side of the break has moved relative to the other, and they come in many different varieties.

Search for the Legendary Sierra Azul


One of the most unique mining stories to derive from the days of the Spanish conquest of the Southwest is the legendary story of the Sierra Azul, or “Blue Mountain” of Arizona. The first reports of what some historians maintain is nothing more than mere myth, came in the middle of the seventeenth century, and it survived as a frontier tradition into the nineteenth century.

Prospecting Adventures—Pure Gold


I often wonder if I would have felt the same about gold prospecting if my father had introduced me to it at a young age. Would I have the same passion and fascination that I do now? How much further along the learning curve would I be if...

Nuggetshooting Eluvial Placers in the Western United States


The future is still good for anyone wishing to use a metal detector to nuggetshoot residual and hillside eluvial placers. Since these placers are easily overlooked, the key to opening the door marked "success" is the willingness to do research.

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