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Searching for Placer Diamonds

In order to search for placer diamonds, the prospector needs to first become familiar with the commodity that he/she is looking for. Diamonds are extraordinary minerals with extreme hardness that have inherited beauty sought for personal adornment and...

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Gold Refining In The Ancient World


One thing that stood out for me is that Agricola was very specific about the type of metal or wood in the implements and vessels that were to be used.

The South Pass Gold Placers, Western Wyoming


In the 1980s, I spent 5 summers living in a tent in order to map the 450 mi2 South Pass granite-greenstone belt and many of its historic mines. While mapping, I was quite impressed by the general lack of development of lode gold deposits.

Picks & Pans: The Gold of "Eldorado Canyon"—Mariposa County, California


First, let me say that Eldorado Canyon is what we call this area, but it’s not the real name. It’s a piece of private property where we have permission to metal detect; I do not want to start another gold rush! The property is located in Mariposa County...

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State's Only Gold Mine Processes Last Precious Ore


South Carolina's last operating mine, Kennecott Ridgeway, processed the final gold and silver it had extracted from two pits in southern Fairfield County.  But even though the mining and processing is done, the work at Kennecott is far from over...

MMAC & PLP Update -- 2015 Minerals and Mining Regulatory Reform Act


Is there any hope for a solution? Yes, there is, and we’ve been working with Public Lands for the People, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council, attorney James Buchal and others on that solution.

Picks & Pans: Working the Crevices


The crowbar can be a valuable mining tool. Crowbars come in all shapes and sizes. For moving large boulders and large chunks of bedrock, the longer 3½ footers work well. Then if you really get in trouble, there’s the long pry bar.

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