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Placer & Lode Gold Deposits

Even though there are many varieties of gold deposits, prospectors often refer to two general types: placer and lode. Some lode examples include...

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How to Research Prospecting Locations and Mining Claims


If you are interested in researching mining claims for any purpose, you will first have to decipher the BLM’s LR2000, a Rube Goldberg database seemingly designed by a 1980s Soviet-era computer hacker.

The Rocks That Burn: Is Oil Shale the Answer?—Part I


The day is old in the Rangely Oil Field in northwestern Colorado. I’ve paused in my southbound trip to take a gander at this historic field, one of the largest in the state. Intricate pipelines funnel water and carbon dioxide to the source rock far below.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Senate looks at HR 2262
• Washington Gold & Fish rules

New Rules to Impact the Lease/Buy Decision


Whether to buy or lease is a question facing many small-scale operators and prospectors even as credit becomes more readily available. While there is no one correct answer that fits every mining operation or business, compared to the simplicity of buying, leasing is far more complicated and may be getting more complex.

A Guide to Overlooked Gold Deposits—Part V (Conclusion)


This is the primary geological and mineral assessment agency in the US. Part of the Department of the Interior, the Geological Survey, often just called “The Survey” or USGS, has been in business since its founding in the 1800s. This means you can obtain publications all way the back to the early days of the survey...

2002 Inductees to the National Mining Hall of Fame


Seven legendary figures of American mining will be enshrined in the National Mining Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Saturday, September 7, 2002, at The Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Washington Gold & Fish Update


Washington’s mineral prospecting regulations, adopted Jan. 1999, have indeed caused great chaos for those who enjoy the hobby and also those who were accustomed to making a living by operating larger (8”) dredges. The discussion within the miners’ network has not decreased; at best it is a slow simmer.

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