July 2002 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe Piedmont region of the eastern United States extends for over 800 miles, from Alabama northeast to Pennsylvania. It includes the rolling country between the flat coastal plain to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.
So you think you have an ore deposit? The work has been long and hard, but there are a few drill holes, lots of samples and assays. The data is in a reliable computer and there may be a mine at the end of the tunnel. What is the likelihood of a profitable operation? Can you raise capital for development or exploration?
The potential exists for small-scale placer mining in these pits using a trommel and sluice box or other similar types of equipment.
Almost 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Point was developed initially as a gold mining community in 1868. Like most mining camps, it experienced a typical boom-to-bust cycle, and by 1882, Gold Point was clearly on its way to becoming just another abandoned ghost town.
Well, by the time this issue hits the newsstands or your mailboxes, the New Year of 2013 will be upon us, and it seems worthwhile to take a look at important recent trends that are likely to extend into the coming twelve month period.
David N. Skillings, Jr
The last US uranium mill ever built, in this parched landscape near Lake Powell, shut down quickly after it started operating as nuclear power fell into disfavor about two decades ago.
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Siskiyou National Forest Update • Company Looks at Restarting Sunshine Mine • Gold & The Dollar • Picks & Pans: Exploring Wyoming's High Desert • Sons of Gwalia & Herbert Hoover • Looking Back • Prospecting on the Yukon River • Placer Gold in Arizona • The Fire Assay of Fly Eyes • Bill Could Create New Silver Market • 2002 Inductees to the National Mining Hall of Fame • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mystery of Olmec Jade Solved