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Prospecting for Hardrock Gold - "Eureka!" (Part III)

A quartz piece was rolled over and there it was, staring right at us—beautiful, coarse gold coming right out of the quartz rock. It was almost the size of a softball, and it looked like over one quarter of it had gold throughout!

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Over The Divide—Chuck Cox, 1943-2009


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• Cimarron Minerals Ltd.
• US Gold Corporation
• Homestake Mining Company
• Int'l. CanAlaska Resources Ltd.
• BHP World Minerals-San Francisco

Nevada County Feeling Pain of Slumping Mining Industry


A major slump in the gold mining industry is taking its toll on central Nevada, where county commissioners are planning a 30 percent across-the-board spending cut beginning July 1.

The Goldfield Mining District, Nevada—Part II


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Moving The Big Rocks


The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me. 

Sampling Placer Stockpiles


Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.

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