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One of the Richest Beaches Ever Mined

Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.

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Lode or Placer: What Difference Does It Make?


This explains the large difference in particle sizes between placers and hydrothermal lode deposits, but also means that while the mining may be similar in some cases, the sampling and recovery techniques are usually quite different.

Gold in Guyana—Part I: Porknocking on the Puruni River Road


In part one of this two-part series on gold in Guyana, I describe artisanal mining efforts currently winning alluvial gold from small-scale placer operations located along the lower Puruni River and its tributaries.

Uphill Battle Continues for California Dredgers


There are currently three controlling agencies or entities over suction dredging in California—and you can make that four if the state legislature decides to further muddy the waters with additional legislation to block suction gold dredging in the state.

Comments on Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold Series


The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.

Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana


Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.

Modern Mining Reclamation


A study showed that between 1930 and 1980, only a quarter of one percent of the land in the United States was used in all mining applications combined, including surface mining, tailings disposal, underground mines, and all mineral processing facilities.

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