June 2004 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe platinum group metals (PGMs) are divided into three that are “light,” about the same atomic weight as silver, and three that are “heavy,” about the same atomic weight as gold. The three light PGMs are ruthenium, rhodium, and palladium, and the three heavy PGMs are osmium, iridium, and platinum.
Of all the difficult gold placer sites to evaluate, none can compare with trying to dig to bedrock through twenty or thirty feet of soaked overburden through which water is slowly seeping downgrade.
The Forest Service wants a two-year ban on new hard-rock mining claims on 429,000 acres of national forest land on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Montana.
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• Roadless Rule back in play
• Action needed on SB 670
• Abbey recommended to head BLM
• Capped and jobless
• S 787
• SB 796 & HR 699
Gary Tainter sold his herd of dairy cows two years ago to dig for gold, and so far his venture is paying off.
Anyone looking for stability sure didn’t appreciate the financial markets of this past month as they fell, rose, fell and rose with dizzying swiftness, changing directions on the turn of a dime. This was as true of the gold share markets as it was of the financial markets in general.
For the fourth straight year, the state's mining industry broke the billion-dollar mark in revenue, according to a state report.
The Bawl Mill • Higher Copper Price Brings Hope, Jobs • Zeballos Gold Camp, British Columbia • Agreement Allows Pogo Mine to Resume Construction • Treasure Hawk Mine Back in Action • Oregon Dredgers Receive Threats From Environmentalists • Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part I • Mood at Calgary Conference is Subdued, But Optomistic • Reinventing the Wheel—The Infinity-Jet • Company Notes • Endangered Species Act is a Mess • Here Come the MineBots • Agency Gives Initial Backing to Kensington Mine • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back • Melman on Gold & Silver • Brits Thwart Robbery of Gold and Cash