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Molycorp Minerals Reopens Mountain Pass Mine

During the great uranium rush of the late 1940s, thousands of prospectors spread out all over the western United States sampling rock outcrops for traces of radioactivity.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Interior Department reigns in “sue and settle”
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The Forgotten Specimen—Part II


The walk back to the car and subsequent search for Frieda took a lot longer than I would have liked. I had wandered much further than I thought.

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Wyoming's Billion Dollar Nugget


On the high desert of Wyoming, the Dickie Springs/Oregon Gulch gold deposit has been known about for over 143 years. Since 1863, early settlers who crossed the continental divide worked and studied this deposit. Reports suggest...

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Placer & Lode Gold Deposits


Even though there are many varieties of gold deposits, prospectors often refer to two general types: placer and lode. Some lode examples include...

Pacific Legal Foundation Gets Significant Win


In an important victory for western property owners, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled for Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), and Idaho rancher Verl Jones’ family, in a closely watched case that addresses the standard by which injunctions can be issued under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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