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Freegold Mountain Project


Few areas of the world have a mining history comparable to Canada’s Yukon Territory thanks to the fabled Klondike Gold Rush, which took place from the late 1890s into the early years of the Twentieth Century. Tens of thousands of prospectors and treasure hunters poured into the Territory following the discovery of placer gold...

Mining Community Loses A Great Leader: Gerald "Jerry" Hobbs


He certainly wasn’t afraid of a fight or a court battle, and he didn’t back away from calling out those who tried to compromise the rights of miners.

The Preacher of Sheeps**t Flats


It seemed that the preacher always gave the same answer to anyone who asked where his gold had come from. His answer was, “If you know your gold, you can find it. However, you will have to find it the hard way, the way I found it.”

Ask The Experts: What is a Spanish needle?


Some fellow in Texas was selling a Spanish needle—a dousing device used to recover minerals in the old days. Do you know anything about these?

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comment period reopened for pygmy owl critical habitat in Arizona
• Limits on wilderness study areas finalized in Utah
• IBLA rules miner cannot set up store processing equipment on claim when no mining is taking place
• New law to protect claims and equipment in Washington State

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...

Researching and Staking Mining Claims


One of the greatest opportunities still available to Americans is the opportunity to stake and own your own mining claim. Much of the Western US consists of lands that are open to claim by any US citizen...

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The Bawl Mill   • Ask The Experts - Could I stake out a 20-acre claim with a waterway running through it just as I would a lode claim?   • Ask The Experts - Do I have any grandfathered rights that post FLPMA claim holders do not have?   • Q&A With Detector Designer Dave Johnson   • Legislative and Regulatory Update   • Dredging Tips From The Golden Rogue   • Understanding and Prospecting Benches   • Gold in the Slate Creek Basin   • Deductions: Get 'Em While You Can   • Endurance Is Golden   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes & Mineral and Metal Prices   • The Preacher of Sheeps**t Flats

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