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Sandstone Silver in Texas


Sandstone silver deposits are found at several places near Van Horn, West Texas. The region is in the Basin Range province, which is characterized by low mountain ranges separated by broad desert valleys. Most of the region receives less than 10 inches of rain per year, barely enough to support scrubby desert vegetation. Van Horn (Pop. 3,000) is 121 miles, by highway, east of El Paso.

A Successful Trip Through Gold Basin


This time we took the detectors. Roger had worked that spot very well and wanted to see if my new detector would uncover any gold he might have missed.

Melman on Gold & Silver


…there is now concrete evidence that growing numbers of investors and other concerned observers are now turning to gold as a storehouse of value in these potentially troubling times.

Legislative Update


Robert Sanregret—Attorney at Law
Western Mining Council
National Association of Mining Districts

Legislative and Regulatory Update


Forest Service tries to further restrict mining
• Bills would set more lands off-limits

Prospecting in Northern Sierra County, California


From the mid-1850s and even into the early 1900s, Northern Sierra County boomed with mining activity. This area was flooded with miners, establishing such towns as LaPorte, Gibsonville, Spanish Flat, Whisky Diggings...

Ask The Experts—Amalgamation


Q: Exactly how does amalgamation work? Does it “melt” the gold (or copper, or silver, etc.) and form an alloy? If one leaves a piece of gold in mercury, will the entire sample become an amalgam (combination) of gold and mercury? Or does it only affect the surface...

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