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Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre: The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Pt I

Discovering new mines is often associated with reexamining old ones, as several prominent new discoveries will attest in northern Mexico. MAG Silver Corp. is exploring three historic districts.

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The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part I—The Geology of Coarse Gold Formation


Recovering large, coarse gold nuggets is a very exciting experience, and the quest for large gold is often the “holy grail” of the independent prospector, no matter which type of equipment is used. Hefty, good-sized gold nuggets are...

Exceptions to the Rules: Re-Thinking Prospecting Rules of Thumb


Looking at the exceptions to the basic rules is sort of an advanced prospecting discussion, but the readers of ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal are plenty able to handle it.

Ask The Experts: Small-scale drilling


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Included here is a portion of an article entitled “The Mother Lode of California” written in 1898 by Ross E. Browne. He was a son of J. Ross Browne, adventurer and writer, who won fame for his reports to the US Congress on the mineral resources of the...

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