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Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style
There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.
Ask The Experts—How do I work this large quartz vein?
Q: I found a large quartz vein. I’m interested in mining this myself. Can you point me to a good book or other source on lode mining?
The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers
This last installment in the series will look at methods for finding and recovering coarse gold from alluvial (river and stream) placer environments. Unlike the residual and eluvial placers that we have considered previously, the force of flowing...
Melman on Gold & Silver
Sometime during the hippie days of the 1960s, the world became aware of the custom of chanting mantras. At that time, the favorite was the word “OM.” Well, the financial community seems to have recaptured the custom of chanting...
Finding Gold in Mokelumne River Canyon
The Mokelumne River was first worked by the ‘49ers, and foundations of Spanish missions and old miner’s cabins are still present. Elton’s first experience with Roaring Camp came in 1947, when he took a job packing in supplies...
The Bawl Mill
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Onerous New Mining Rules Adopted in Washington State
On December 4, 1998, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WDFW) adopted what has to be one of the most repressive and restrictive compilations of small-scale gold prospecting and mining rules in the country.
The Bawl Mill • Gem Theft in Tucson • BLM 3809 Final Rule Implications • Winter Dredging • Selecting a Gold Recovery System • Placer Diamonds in Venezuela • Picks & Pans: Leon Always Finds the Most Gold • Company Notes • The Swift Shore Mine 1862—Present • Placer Gold in the Black Hills, South Dakota • Platinum and Diamond Discoveries Shine New Light on Historic Alaska Gold-Mining District • GATA Update • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices