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October 2002 by Staff• "It's not often that I disagree with your opinions..."
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The Candelaria area is of interest to prospectors not just for silver, gold and other metals, but also for the beautiful gemstones found there.
After a long winter, gold flakes swirling around in black sand at the bottom of my pan was a welcome sight.
Just about all of us have heard the term “Wild and Scenic Rivers,” and we’ve likely been on one or several of them in our prospecting ventures. More than once someone has said to me “...but that’s a wild and scenic river.” My first question has always been, “What part of the system is it? Is it classified wild, scenic or recreational?”
There are a lot of differences between the operations of successful mining companies and ones that become financial failures, but one of the consistent key differences between them is their sampling programs.
While digging a well six years ago, the owner of a backwoods camp near the Michigan-Wisconsin line cut into sparkling rock. He showed a sample to a geologist friend, who realized it was laced with zinc.
Unfortunately, mining is politically unpopular and support of the mining industry, no matter how many jobs it brings to a state, even in times of difficult financial need, is never popular among politicians of any stripe.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • Placer Gold in Idaho • Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953 • Simple Sluice Design • Cobalt and Nickel in Missouri • Sunshine Mine Video Brings Back Painful Memories • Hardrock Detecting • Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old • Company Notes • Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter • Gondwana Gold and Diamonds • Looking Back • Ghost Towns of Washington County, Utah • The Fire Within • 2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver