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Prospecting for Copper—What to Look for on the Outcrop

For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.

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Cyanide-Free Gold Separation


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Hard Rock 101: Micro Blasting


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Small High-Grade Pocket Districts


…the excitement passed so quickly that little work was done, but they still have good potential, and I find they are not as well-known and not hit so hard by most prospectors.

Critical Minerals: Titanium


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Dredging Backwards?


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