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Mining Boom Is Back In Northern Nevada

At the Gold Quarry open-pit mine, a massive electric shovel scoops 40 tons of earth in a single bite and dumps it into a 325,000-pound truck the size of a two-story house.

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Proper Assaying of Placer Samples


The whole purpose of sampling mineralized ground is to measure the values in a small volume of material that would be representative of a much larger volume of similar material. The key word is representative. Chemical and fire assaying will not accurately represent placer deposits by themselves.

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Mining for Non-Geologists Field Trip Offered by GSN


The three-day trip will be led by long-time and well-respected Nevada consulting geologist Buster Hunsaker and will include tours of active gold, copper and industrial mineral mines, as well as stops that will examine new exploration and closure projects.

Sierra County Gold—Part II


...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.

Simple Sluice Design


One of the first pieces of prospecting equipment I acquired was a really nice little aluminum backpack sluice. I’ve used it for some time now and have always been impressed with how well it works for keeping the fine wire gold. But ever since I got on the Internet and started looking around for prospecting stuff, I have been toying with the idea of making a flexible conduit sluice.

Mom Finds 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond


“Much of the ground where Ms. Hollingshead found her diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock. When it rains, flowing runoff often leaves loose gravel, and sometimes diamonds, on the surface in these areas.”

Economic Analysis on Critical Habitat for Bull Trout


The US Fish & Wildlife Service has released the economic analysis and reopened the comment period for their proposal to designate critical habitat for the bull trout in 18,469 river miles and 532,721 acres of lake and reservoir habitat across the Western states.

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