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Melman on Gold & Silver

Well, another year, another pile of worries. First, just as it appeared that real progress was being made in finding a solution to the seemingly intractable situation between Israel and the Palestinian people...

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Looking Back


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

The Bawl Mill


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Proper Placer Sample Processing


...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.

Explorers to Salvage Gold-Laden Ship


A salvage company struck a 20-year deal with Britain to search for riches in the sunken warship HMS Sussex, which went down in 1694, laden with gold and silver.

Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine


There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.

Breccia Pipes


A breccia pipe, or chimney, is an irregular cylindrical mass of breccia that is often silicified and stands out as an iron-stained knob. They can be from a few feet to several hundred feet in diameter, and may or may not be mineralized.

Potholes and Other Bedrock Traps


Potholes in bedrock can trap placer minerals and even be glory holes. They are, at least, interesting geologic phenomena, and at best, a treasure trove of gold nuggets.

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