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Picks & Pans: Mining Tungsten Ore—A Case History

In 1977, when the price of tungsten hit one of its highs, three of us formed U.S. Western Mines to look for scheelite, the mineral ore of tungsten. Union Carbide Corporation was purchasing raw tungsten ore at...

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PDAC 2009 Convention Highlights


...it was impossible not to notice the absence of many junior mining companies that were present last year. Due to the dual circumstances of the world’s credit problems along with the steep declines in base metals prices, many of them, unfortunately, have simply gone broke and closed their doors. Others are so strapped for cash...

Epithermal Ore Deposits Associated With Tertiary Volcanism—And the Feasibility of Metal Detecting for Them


Epithermal ore deposits are common in regions of late volcanic activity, especially areas associated with Miocene and later Pliocene extrusive volcanics that have not been deeply eroded since the ore was deposited. Many are simple fissure veins, but stock-works and ore-pipes are also common.

British Columbia to Streamline Filing of Mining Claims


Tired of trudging through quagmires, over mountains and slipping into bloodsucker infested mud holes to stake your mining claim? Then perhaps you should consider British Columbia. BC is moving towards an Internet-based claim staking system that will allow you to stake your claims during football half-time festivities.

Bum Luck


Every prospector has streaks of bum luck—times when you can’t seem to find much, if anything. This is less true for folks who dry wash or dredge, but electronic prospecting and detecting is especially prone to dry streaks. It’s just the nature of the beast.

Melman on Gold & Silver


Quite suddenly, another major financial issue with significant implications for the world of precious metals has been gaining growing attention. We are referring to concern about looming “currency wars,” and we also discuss that topic...

Bill Could Create New Silver Market


Legislation before Congress would enable the federal government to become a net silver buyer for the first time in four decades.

Lost Sally's Gold


She said a few thoughts did cross her mind at the time; she thought maybe she should have looked more thoroughly for that hand-drawn map to the claim that we had given her the previous year.

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