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Mine, Baby, Mine!

In March 2012, the Obama administration filed a World Trade Organization complaint against China. Now this is the election season, and taking potshots at China is an easy and natural thing for just about any politician to do. It’s almost as easy as offering support for motherhood and apple pie because virtually no one is going to oppose you. But this complaint was about mining, and so I thought it worthwhile...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• DOI limits Wilderness
• Current California administration solidifies anti-mining stance
• Juneau welcomes miners
• Bill would restrict public land purchases
• Barrick wins suit against EPA reporting requirements
• Utah obtains rights-of-way on federal lands

History of Mining—Bradshaw Mountains, AZ—Part II


Last month, the earliest mining areas of the Bradshaw Mountains around Prescott, AZ, were explored in the first part of the article. The Lynx Creek and Walker areas still provide many opportunities for weekend prospectors...

Will El Nino Move Gold for Miners and End California Drought?


I remember in the couple of years after that 1997 flood, prospectors around California did very well, taking ounces of gold from places that had not yielded any gold for years before that.

The Fire Assay of Carbon


Carbon, activated charcoal, or “char,” as some old timers refer to it, can be an assayer’s nightmare.

The Guaniamo Diamond Region, Venezuela—Part I


The considerable richness of the gravels is shown by the fact that operators have successfully worked the same river sections for over 20 years.

More Tips for Evaluating Ores


Tabling and jigging are two relatively inexpensive methods for recovering the “free particle values” from the noble metal ores. However, not all ores contain their values as free particles. In fact, many ores contain appreciable amounts of “metallic salts” that readily dissolve in one’s system water and continue to migrate right along with this water.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


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The Bawl Mill   • Gold Depositiion and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part II   • The Life of an Independent Prospector   • Gold in Guyana—Part I: Porknocking on the Puruni River Road   • That Something Extra   • Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part II   • Metallic Trash—Scourge of the Prospector   • Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas   • California Suction Dredging Update   • Hecla to Reopen Lucky Friday Mine   • Nova Scotia Shows It's Serious About Jobs & Mining   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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