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Highbanking for Gold


Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Salazar pushes wilderness
• California Governor signs AB 120

Spectacular Specimens Found in Northern Nevada


A prospector, who wishes to remain nameless, located the pictured chevron gold specimens on October 29, 2003.

Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part II


People always ask me how much gold I'm getting? I remind them that after 27 years digging in that same mountain, I'm still a small miner. But my wife hasn't divorced me—probably because the lawyer wants all the money up front.

Where to Prospect for Gold in Colorado


Colorado is one of the more productive states when it comes to gold, ranking third, behind Nevada and California. The majority of the gold deposits are confined to a northeast-trending belt known as the Colorado Mineral Belt...

Then and Now: Is Gold Really Money?


The gold from 80 years ago still holds all of its value—it’s the Dollar that has been damaged.

Placer Platinum


The platinum group metals (PGMs) are divided into three that are “light,” about the same atomic weight as silver, and three that are “heavy,” about the same atomic weight as gold. The three light PGMs are ruthenium, rhodium, and palladium, and the three heavy PGMs are osmium, iridium, and platinum.

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