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Miner Charged in Death of Downieville Miner

On Saturday afternoon, February 13, Tom Rose, 36, of Downieville, California was trying out some new metal detector earphones in the area of the Downie River...

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Asarco Accepts Phelps Dodge Buyout


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Looking Back


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

Prospecting for Pegmatites


…in some cases pegmatites have produced individual mineral crystals that are enormous, attaining lengths of over 40 feet long, and many of the world’s largest mineral crystals are examples that were found within pegmatite deposits.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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