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Picks & Pans: Eureka! We Struck It Again

About a half-hour after everything got underway, James came back to Harley, whispering, “Harley, you’re not going to believe this, but I just detected a vein with gold, lots of gold...I mean lots of gold. You’ve got to come and see this.”

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MINExpo 2004 Convention Report


Unquestionably, the first impression received from touring the exhibition areas at “MINExpo International 2004,” sponsored by the National Mining Association and held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 27-30, is one of sheer size. While other gatherings are delighted to host a couple of hundred exhibitors and attract three or four thousand attendees...

Dredging for Monazite in Idaho


The advent of the nuclear age, after World War II, aroused concerns in government circles when officials realized the United States was entirely dependent upon foreign sources of supply for rare earth elements. This prompted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to enlist the US Bureau of Mines Special Minerals Investigation Branch to evaluate monazite-bearing placers in the United States in 1948.

The Heavy Minerals in Your Concentrates


The fact that mineral deposits can contribute specific types of heavy minerals is why the analysis of the heavy mineral concentrates in the streams of an area can be an important prospecting technique for finding undiscovered mineral deposits.

Big Rock Gold


Fran, and I had made a practice of turning big boulders in gold producing areas to find some great rewards. Sometimes it was slow and frustrating, but in the end “We got the gold!”

California State and US National Gold Panning Championships


This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.

Adventure at the 420 Level


Beneath the rolling fairways and manicured greens of a sedate golf course community in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, lie the 600-foot deep, water filled, caved workings of the once famous Phoenix Gold Mine.

Oregon Miners Take DEQ to Court, Again


Since 2005, a group representing a handful of Oregon and Washington mining organizations, centered around the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) and the Waldo Mining District (WMD), have been actively fighting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over their then new “700PM Suction Dredge Mining Permit.”

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