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Picks & Pans: Basic Dry Washing Operations in Gold Placer Mining

Some of the advantages of dry washing operations are low overhead costs (inexpensive methods and equipment), and the fact that many mining operations can be conducted by one or two individuals.

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Ask the Experts—What is barite used for?


QCould you inform me as to what “barite” is used for? Where can I locate a company that mines barite?

Tons of Gold Buried Under World Trade Center


Some 11.8 metric tons of gold worth an estimated $110 million, and 30.2 million ounces of silver valued at $121 million, are buried in the rubble below one of the collapsed buildings in the World Trade Center, The New York Times report

Crandon Mine Decision Still Years Away, Says State


Nicolet Minerals expected to be mining zinc and copper from an underground quarry in Wisconsin by now. Instead, a state review of the project is only 75 percent completed after seven years, a top state regulator said.

Gold of the Iditarod Mining District, Alaska


It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.

Gold in New Zealand


In 1965, I visited New Zealand and saw a South Island goldfield. I knew very little about gold at that time and stopped only long enough to peruse a few relics and old photos on the pub wall.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Lawsuits galore
• Suction dredging saga continues
• HR 1937 to streamline permitting, remove obstacles to miners
• Sage-grouse debate continues
• More National Monuments

BLM Proposed Rule Making Affects Mining Claims


In this proposed rule, BLM is seeking to amend regulations to respond to a recent law that continues to require claimants to pay location and maintenance fees on unpatented mining claims or sites and to provide annual maintenance fee waivers to small miners until September 30, 2001.

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