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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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Breccia Pipes


A breccia pipe, or chimney, is an irregular cylindrical mass of breccia that is often silicified and stands out as an iron-stained knob. They can be from a few feet to several hundred feet in diameter, and may or may not be mineralized.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• "No surprises" ruled restored
• Supreme Court to address submerged lands in Alaska
• Governors say reform the ESA
• Miners need to stay involved in each state

Wyoming Tops in Royalties


Wyoming received the largest amount of revenues associated with mineral leases on federal lands within its borders last year.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Making your vote count
• CCI proposal omitted from interior budget

IMF Reconsidering Gold Sales to Finance Debt


The International Monetary Fund is reconsidering selling some of its gold reserves to help finance a Western debt-relief plan for some of the world's most debt-burdened countries, a top IMF official said.

A Test Grid Dredged for Gold Values


The evaluation must also consider the gold fineness or purity. The purity of the Sugardaddy nuggets is estimated at 850 fineness, meaning 85% is gold (Au), 12% is silver (Ag) with 3% being other gangue alloyed metal.

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