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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...

The Birimian Greenstone Belts of West Africa


A few years ago I had a tremendous opportunity to visit Australia and hunt for gold there. The geology of the gold deposits there was somewhat different from what I was used to here in the US. I learned a lot about greenstone belt gold deposits while prospecting them in person, and it was an amazing trip.

Underground Mining: Getting the Ore Out


Choosing the right method to move your ore and waste is all about making the right choices. Sometimes more than one method may be used during the life of a mine as an operation expands and grows.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Key appointment at BLM
  • Current administration not waiting for Congress
  • BLM relocating
  • Kansas exempts bullion from sales tax

In Pursuit of Gold & Silver in the Sierra Madres—The Tejeda Mines


One of our claims, “concessions” in Spanish, lies atop a mountain approximately 15 miles Southwest of our Pueblo. It is reached by a dirt track that starts in Arivechi. We leave the Pueblo and drive up...

Cold Water Gold


It was June 2011, and my wife Fran and I with Grandson Lucas and good friend Ernie Cruz were attempting to get to our gold mining claim on the Middle Fork of the Feather River about ten miles from Quincy, California. Rain had poured down in the previous few days and the road in a large number of low places was under water. Following two hours of slugging through the mud...

The Patch


I used to hunt and fish all the time. Since discovering nugget-shooting three years ago, I haven't wet a hook or even looked at a hunting proclamation.

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