Picks & Pans: Gold Prospecting on the East Fork River, Alaska
January 2003 by Ron WendtIt 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...
The Circle Goldfields
The Circle Goldfields are located about 120 miles east of Fairbanks in Interior Alaska and they occupy about 200 square miles. The Crazy Mountains boast the highest point in the district at 3,690 feet above sea level.
The Bawl Mill
• Reality show or reality?
• Big brother pays well...
• "Less is more" is really less
Ask The Experts - What is the difference between heavy and light rare earth elements?
Why Do We Do The Things We Do?
For years I had studied the tempting bench high above the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. A beautiful 20-foot vertical wall of encrusted boulders, cobbles and gravels beckoned to me 100 to 150 yards up a steep slope from the river bed. They were all very promising material. The kind of rounded curves that can charm so well, and tease a grown man into risking life and limb. So, on that nearly fatal day in May, I packed a spiral wheel...
Who Jumped Whose Claim First?
At this point, stress raised my blood pressure and I was figuring out escape routes through the brush, but thought it best to continue the conversation.
My First Gold Patch
After finding little specks and occasionally little nuggets all season, I had finally reached something economical and interesting! This had never happened before along the Pellice Valley in Italy.
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Administration won't appeal latest ruling on Roadless Rule
• Improved forest management plan by year's end
• IBLA rules in favor of Cortez Gold Mine and BLM
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