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Melman on Gold & Silver

...a substantial number of news headlines reflected the growing realization that much of the “green shoots” optimism of the past few months was premature.

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How to Utilize Assays and Evaluate Results


Assay furnace - photo courtesy Inspectorate AmericaAsk the lab manager how your ores will be tested, and ask to see the equipment that will be used. If you are told it’s a secret that can’t be explained, you need another assayer.

Feds Raid “Liberty Dollar” Headquarters


Federal agents seized two tons of copper coins featuring Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and 500 pounds of silver during a raid on the headquarters of a group seeking to dissolve the Federal Reserve.

Ask The Experts: Is an XRF gun useful for prospecting and mineral identification?


Q: I’ve thought about renting an XRF gun with gold specific software to use for exploration this spring.

Blast From the Past


The Gold Route 1941

Company Notes


• Homestake Mining Company
• Newmont Mining Corporation
• Azco Mining Inc.
• Sterling Mining Co.
• Comico Ltd.
• Vista Gold
• JAB International
• X-Cal

Gold in the Philippines


The Philippine archipelago, with over 7,000 islands that stretch for 1,100 miles north-south, was settled by Malaysians several thousand years ago. Ferdinand Magellan landed and was killed there in 1521. Spaniards took over the islands in 1571, and founded Manila, which is located on a large natural harbor. After the Spanish-American war in 1898, the United States took over the Philippines, and found itself in a brutal 6-year war before gaining control of all of the islands.

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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