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PGMs in California

The occurrence of platinum-group metals (PGMs) is rather widespread in California in placer deposits, but they are not of commercial interest as things now stand.

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Border Silver


There is a sizable area that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border where native silver occurs in shear zones at relatively shallow depths. The district is in the low but rugged Pajarito Mountains, the highest point of which is 5,838 feet at Cerro Ruido, on the Mexican side. The deceptively rough terrain forced the first border surveyors, in 1855, to kill several mules and horses because of their injuries.

Gold Trader, Employee Charged with Wife’s Killing


A wealthy gold trader was charged with paying one of his workers to arrange the stabbing death of the businessman’s estranged wife...

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

New Mexico Reaches $32M Settlement Over 2015 Gold King Mine Spill


The New Mexico settlement marks just the latest reached over the past year. Colorado and the Navajo Nation also have inked multimillion-dollar agreements…

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• Shasta Miners take on DFG

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Gondwana Gold Gravels


The German scientist, Alfred Wegener, came out with his theory of "continental drift" in 1912. He was considered a crackpot and it was half a century before geologists and planetary scientists began to take a second look at his theory.

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