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Picks & Pans: Big River Dredging in Northern California

Back in the early 1990s, a gold mining club in northern California (on the Klamath River near Happy Camp), was offering a free "Trial Week" to test their claims. I decided to take them up on their offer. After obtaining a California Dredge Permit, I loaded my trusty Jeep with my camping gear...

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Montana Candidate Sees Natural Resources as Path to Recovery


The key to returning Montana’s economy to its glory days is to remove the laws that prevent development of the state’s natural resources, says Thomas Keating, the only Republican who has declared himself a candidate for governor.

Fellow Miner, Left for Dead, Needs Our Help


On January 11, 2002, at 7:00 am, a passerby found what he thought was a dead body by the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store in front of the gate to the storage lockers next door. The police arrived to find Don Thornton, the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store manager, unconscious, black and blue...

Prospector's Guide to Rock Breaking and Blasting


The holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Coyote Poop Gold


Australians have told me that emus, being very curious, will pick up and swallow anything shiny or unusual. They say aborigines will kick and pick apart any emu poop they see to check them out for nuggets.

Ask the Experts: Ionizing mercury


Q: What exactly does "ionizing" mercury mean?

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