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The Bawl Mill

• Beyond the call of duty
• May the best spouse win
• Dishonorable discharge

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Looking Back


Excerpts from CMJ published 50 years ago this month.

Looking Back


Excerpts from CMJ published 50 years ago this month.

Picks & Pans: Mining in Ghana


I recently returned from Ghana, West Africa. My time there was not a two-week tourist trip, but rather a time to discover the real Ghana, and to determine if I might have a future there in the mining business. I stayed almost three years.

Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism


Man has always wondered how the Earth was created, and how oceans, mountains, and other features were formed. However, until the last 200 years, most phenomena were explained by means of legends, superstitions, or religion. It is still that way in many parts of the world.

2005 California State Gold Panning Championships


Each year this annual event is staged to determine just who is the best of the best, and each year this event becomes larger. This time one hundred ninety contestants decided to prove just how good they were.

Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

Holcomb Valley Gold, Southern California


The first time I found gold in the creek here is when I decided to try a new place to drywash on a hill not far from the dirt path I was on.

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