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Prospecting & Detecting

News from the Historic Rand Mining district in Southern California

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Detecting Canyon Bedrock in The Sierras


My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.

Prospecting Tales: Forest Service, Fires and Bears—Oh My!


I woke up on Sunday morning, August 10, to heavy smoke. I saw where it was coming from, but it seemed like it was a long way off so I thought I was okay for the time being.

Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon—Part I


Rocks and minerals associated with clay seam gold deposits in southern Oregon are often in sedimentary rock units at least partially metamorphosed into argillite. They are also associated with mafic volcanic rocks, basalts and gabbro that...

Dealing With Hot Rocks and Mineralization


What about all that noise coming from the ground? What is a prospector supposed to do about that?

The Basics of Permitting and Bonding Your Mining Operation


With the recent surge of interest in gold projects, it’s about time to revisit a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of small-scale miners: Permits.

Prospecting Australia—Part II: There and Back Again


Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.

Romancing the Lens


...a large number of these aspiring miners developing their operations seemed to have missed "Placer Mining 101" somewhere along the way.

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