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Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Prospecting for Diamonds


In 1977, I was a young, inexperienced geologist hired to evaluate Wyoming’s diamond resources in the Colorado-Wyoming State Line district, and investigate and map all other mineral commodities in the state with the exception of oil, gas...

The Potholes—California’s Oldest Known Mining District


Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).

Prospecting for Commercial-Scale Gold Deposits


While most individual prospectors out there are searching for placer gold, there is a different type of prospecting being done by a handful of individuals—the search for commercially viable large-scale gold and silver deposits.

Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus


I mostly nugget hunt within the Great Basin and Mojave desert areas of California and Nevada, and less frequently the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I have discovered the gamma grass, sagebrush and creosote areas of the Great Basin and Mojave are friendlier to nuggetshoot than the vegetation within the Sonoran desert.

More Treasure From Sunken Ship


Gold chains, silver coins and bars of solid gold glittered in the tropical sun as the family of famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher showed off another significant find from a sunken Spanish galleon.

Gifts of Gold for University of Zimbabwe


Rege Podraza with gifts for Zimbabwe minersThe design of the makorokoza’s handmade wooden pans has not changed over the centuries. Until Rege introduced it to them they had seen nothing like a spiral wheel concentrator.

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