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Prospecting With Color


Perhaps no one factor has caused more confusion in the search for ore than the attempt to use color as a guide to prospecting. Yet, there is a reason for every color seen in rocks, so it deserves to be noted.

Corner Country Gold


In 1845, the intrepid Australian explorer Captain Charles Sturt set out from Adelaide, the capital of the Colony of South Australia, to search for a supposed inland sea in the center of the continent. Travelling northeast through South Australia into the northwest corner of the Colony of New South Wales, he and his party of 15 men found themselves in the midst of a fierce drought.

Montana Postpones Mining Rule


A proposal to toughen mine regulation in Montana was tabled by a state board while a block away, Governor Brian Schweitzer met with mining executives to get their comments on the rule and hear about the mining industry.

PLP Update


The ESA has become an unwieldy beast that was hijacked by government agencies run amok, and by extreme environmental groups who saw it as a way to lock up public lands and to generate income through exaggerated claims and continuous lawsuits.

Gifts of Gold for University of Zimbabwe


Rege Podraza with gifts for Zimbabwe minersThe design of the makorokoza’s handmade wooden pans has not changed over the centuries. Until Rege introduced it to them they had seen nothing like a spiral wheel concentrator.

The Small Hardrock Mill—Part I


Ore dressing is of prime importance to the operator of a small hardrock gold mine. No, Virginia, ore dressing has nothing to do with dressing in the latest spring dresses, or the stuff that gets forced into the turkey on Thanksgiving. It refers to the method of processing ore to extract the valuable minerals contained in the rock—in the case of this series of articles, gold and silver.

Town Hall Meeting in Sierra City, California


I was invited to attend a meeting on April 7 in Sierra City, between Forest Service officials and a group of concerned area miners regarding what the miners described as abuses by the BLM and local Forest Service officials.

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The Bawl Mill   • Lamproites and Diamonds   • Working the Belmont Mine, Butte, Montana—1953 (Part 2)   • A Real Placer Miner   • Mojave Desert Gold   • Miner Unhappy After Judge Dismisses Charges   • Picks & Pans: Fig Tree, Grape Vine and Good Gold   • Sluicing on Bedrock   • Sandstone Silver in Texas   • A Few Prospecting Notes From Jim Straight   • Explorers to Salvage Gold-Laden Ship   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices   • Looking Back

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