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Melman on Gold & Silver

Few young people growing up today realize the fact that for the majority of its existence, the United States of America was a creditor nation, not a debtor nation. Other countries were indebted to America, not the other way around. However, that began to change...

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Our world of precious metals showed several conflicting trends. Gold fell sharply from last month’s highs to the area between 265 and 270 and then stabilized in that area.

The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part I—The Geology of Coarse Gold Formation


Recovering large, coarse gold nuggets is a very exciting experience, and the quest for large gold is often the “holy grail” of the independent prospector, no matter which type of equipment is used. Hefty, good-sized gold nuggets are...

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The hard-learned lessons, humor, tragedies and issues of work in mining have long been the subject of poetry, stories, songs and visual art by mineworkers and their families.

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Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (P.L. 90-542, as Amended)


Just about all of us have heard the term “Wild and Scenic Rivers,” and we’ve likely been on one or several of them in our prospecting ventures. More than once someone has said to me “...but that’s a wild and scenic river.” My first question has always been, “What part of the system is it? Is it classified wild, scenic or recreational?”

Revisiting Old Haunts


I had some success following this premise this summer, finding a few nuggets in places I think I overlooked in the past.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: All Work and No Pay


At first we decided to see what the flat by our camp would produce where the old-timers had worked it with their Pelton wheel and dragline buckets.

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