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Pacific Island Gov'ts Focus on Undersea Mining

Pacific Island nations have started devising regulatory laws to help create a new industry in this near-resourceless region: mining the sea floor.

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Mining Boom May Be In Store For Upper Michigan


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.

Gem Theft in Tucson


Police are investigating the theft of five stones, valued by their owner at $128,000, from an exhibit at a Tucson gem show.The largest of the stones taken from the show was a 7-inch-tall pink tourmaline worth $85,000.

Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits


Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.

Picks & Pans: Gold Prospecting on the East Fork River, Alaska


It is not my choice to be diving under the icy waters of the East Fork River in the last days of chilly January. But indeed there are a few brave souls that like to suffer, as I see it. Then again the rewards can be great. If you have the proper equipment and the...

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: White Knuckle Mining


…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.

Melman on Gold & Silver


The Federal Reserve just reported that inflation exceeded their 2% target for the first time in five years and the University of Michigan reported their inflationary expectations have now risen to 2.7%.

Diary of a Diamond Prospector


I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.

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