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Prospecting for Diamonds: Is It a Diamond or Crystal Quartz?

Prospectors typically stumble upon diamonds while searching for other minerals.

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Tonopah Historic Mining Park


For just a few bucks admission you’re on your way. Shawn will give you a map of the 130-acre park, and you are free to explore on your own. There are just a few areas that are fenced-off for safety concerns, but most of it is wide open. It is a refreshing change to view a mining museum/park such as this.

Prospecting for Meteorites with a Metal Detector


The following article has been written with a two-fold purpose; first, to help familiarize anyone interested in “meteorite shooting,” and second, to stress the importance of scientific research.

Gold Deposits of North Carolina


North Carolina was the site of the first well documented discovery of gold in the United States, which occurred in 1799. Not many years later, when the importance of this find was realized, gold miners came to seek their fortunes.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• CA Fish & Game Final SEIR
• Positive news from California?
• Still no results in Wisconsin
• Give us back our lands

Ask the Experts—What is barite used for?


QCould you inform me as to what “barite” is used for? Where can I locate a company that mines barite?

Sunshine and Gold


His eyes were gleaming and he was smiling as he dropped his first piece of gold into my hand. It was a small, earring-size nugget, and he had found it almost immediately.

Using Rock Formations to Your Advantage


Over the past twenty or more years, the traditional “seat of the pants” science of using mineral identification tables as a means to identify common ore minerals, their associated rock-forming minerals and rocks, has slowly become a lost art.

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