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Platinum and Diamond Discoveries Shine New Light on Historic Alaska Gold-Mining District

A rush of platinum and diamond exploration projects and discoveries is generating renewed interest in the historic gold-producing region of the Yentna-Cache Creek District in south-central Alaska.

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