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Mystery of Olmec Jade Solved

Since the 18th century, collectors, geologists and archaeologists have sought the answer to a frustrating mystery: The ancient Olmecs fashioned statues out of striking blue-green jade, but the stone itself was nowhere to be found in the Americas.

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Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism


Man has always wondered how the Earth was created, and how oceans, mountains, and other features were formed. However, until the last 200 years, most phenomena were explained by means of legends, superstitions, or religion. It is still that way in many parts of the world.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed for proposed wilderness in southern Arizona
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Elections May Bring Rush to Republic of Congo


Elections in the Republic of Congo may bring a mining boom to a country that has been ravaged by wars and corruption.

MCS Index Shows Decrease in Mining Costs


The latest Mining Cost Service (MCS) Cost indexes, released on February 26 by Western Mine Engineering, Inc., display a hint of a silver lining in the cloud hanging over the U.S. Mining Industry.

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Company to Sue Over Stymied Gold Mine


A Colorado company that saw its plans for a big Montana gold mine derailed by a 1998 voter initiative says it will sue the state for hundreds of millions of dollars, to cover loss of the project.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comments needed from small-scale miners in Oregon
• News from the House and Senate
• Governor shows support for mining

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