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Melman on Gold & Silver

Unfortunately, death seemed to occupy a major role in recent major headlines—and it came in several different directions.

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Reading A River: Understanding Erosion and Gold


Rivers are not just random and accidental; streams and other drainages are what they are because of the forces of erosion acting on the bedrock.

Melman on Gold & Silver


There was certainly no shortage of attention-grabbing headlines during the past month. First we had the successful initiation of a recall election in California, followed by enormous increases in the price of gasoline in the USA and Canada, then both nations suffered through the worst power blackout in decades, and finally we are witnessing what appears to be the unraveling of the “road map” to peace in the Middle East.

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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?

Picks & Pans: Working the Crevices


The crowbar can be a valuable mining tool. Crowbars come in all shapes and sizes. For moving large boulders and large chunks of bedrock, the longer 3½ footers work well. Then if you really get in trouble, there’s the long pry bar.

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Oregon Miners File Suit Against Fisheries Service


Eastern Oregon Mining Association members have filed a federal lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) demanding that the agency provide biological opinions on any threat to wildlife or the environment so miners can begin working their claims.

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