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States to Govern Own Roadless Areas


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Bering Sea Gold—Part I


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Gold Rush Ship Uncovered in San Francisco


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Good Assays and Bad


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Old-Time Mining Geology Books


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Melman on Gold & Silver


Boy, do we ever live interesting times! What other conclusion can we come to when the only real excitement on the whole scene is a kids' book and a TV series about a bunch of people acting in a manner to make the word "weird" seem respectable!

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