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The Bawl Mill

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Government Takes Land for Open Space


Rather than using the practice of government seizure of private property to promote economic development, the county is using it to preserve open space.

Historic Mining at Mount Diablo, CA


Located in Contra Costa County in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mount Diablo was the site of the largest coal mining operation in the state in the last half of the nineteenth century. The northern foothills of the mountain produced nearly four million tons of coal.

Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana


Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.

Sluicing at Rocky Bar, Idaho


Like any good prospector, I sampled the bedrock—and am glad I did. I found a half a dozen pieces in the first pan, so I took a second pan. The results were the same.

What is a Mining Right?


A mining right is a powerful and not commonly understood concept that is all too often watered down by agency regulatory interference...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• This is a friendly reminder
• Homebuilders’ case may help miners
• “Ecological resources must be protected…”

Benches and Fossil Placers


Unfortunately for us mortal humans, we have a poor perspective on geologic time. When we look at a landscape such as a stream valley, we see it only in two, or at the most, three dimensions. We have poor comprehension of the valley’s fourth and most important dimension—time.

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