San Diego County Tourmaline
June 2001 by Frank Lorey IIISan Diego County, California, has long been considered the finest source of pink tourmaline in the world. The Pala, Mesa Grande, Rincon, and Ramona districts in the northern portion of the county have produced tourmaline, kunzite, and other gems in great quantities, much of it jewelry and museum-quality specimens.
Bolivia’s plan to nationalize its natural gas industry and exert greater state control over all of its natural resources has North American mining companies fretting over their future prospects extracting the nation’s rich resources of gold, silver and tin.
Heading north along Highway 49 into the central Mother Lode, the first old mining town in Calaveras County was Melones, located along the banks of the Stanislaus River. The town was named for the unique coarse gold flakes found in the gravels that resembled melon seeds, hence the name that came from the Mexican miners.
W. Dan Hausel, Senior Economic Geologist with the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS), has been successful at finding new mineral deposits and occurrences.
The state Department of Environmental Quality asked a judge to decide whether the agency can disclose documents about the financial condition of a mining company facing a fine.
Bonding regulation changes went into effect in December 2001, requiring many small miners who had been operating under a Notice of Intent to obtain bonding for their operations.
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