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Metal Detecting for Gold Within Andesite and Basaltic Volcanic Mining Districts

Andesites and basalts are the most common volcanic rocks in the North American Cordillera. The andesites originated within the earth’s continental crust, while the basalts originated within the mantle.  According to the Plate Tectonic theory...

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The Golden Triangle of Sonora, Mexico


The “Golden Triangle” dry placer district in Sonora, Mexico, lies some 80 to 100 miles south of the border. It is in desert terrain at elevations between 1,900 and 2,300 feet above sea level.

The Phoenix Gold Mine: A Brief History


The Phoenix Gold Mine is located approximately 7 miles south of Concord, North Carolina, and was discovered in about 1836, some 37 years following the first discovery of gold in the United States and a few years following the discovery of gold in quartz veins by Joseph Barringer.

Australia's First Gold Rush


Gold was found in California a few years before the first official finds were made in Australia. It was on February 12, 1851, that Edward Hammond Hargreaves flashed around specks of gold he’d found in nearby Lewis Ponds Creek and sparked the...

Final Buckhorn Mountain Study Released


The Washington Department of Ecology recently issued a revised environmental study of a proposed Okanogan County gold mine. The study is an amendment to one done in 1997 for the proposed Crown Jewel open pit mine on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw.

A Trip to Morgan-Monroe State Forest of Indiana


Some experienced panners with the vigor and longevity to spend a full day panning in the small creeks and ravines can possibly find as much as a gram or more on a good day.

Central Idaho Federal Employees Back to Work With Local Help


The fire started early October 4, destroying the Bureau of Land Management office on the edge of town within minutes.

Melman on Gold & Silver


Another area of growing international concern for business and industry is the recent astonishing proliferation of new government regulations and laws. Despite the presumably good intentions behind these measures it is now becoming apparent that they are imposing true costs  to our economic society. The sheer variety  of these laws and regulations is mind-boggling.

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