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The Great Gold Rush of Nome, Alaska

Gold was mined in the Council Region several years before it was known at Nome, and from this vicinity the prospectors set out and made the Nome placers familiar to the world.

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Greenstone Belts in Minnesota


Greenstone is a dark greenish-black basaltic rock which, along with chloritized schist, forms belts up to 50 miles wide in northern Minnesota, in rocks of Late Archean age. Most belts are 2.6 to 2.9 billion years old.

Prospecting with a VLF-Type Gold Detector


Although I found my first detected nugget on a hard rock mine dump using an early VLF/TR coin hunter, it was by “following the dry washers” and detecting old tailing piles that I soon packed a metal 35mm canister with small sub-grain to...

Digging It Dry


I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.

Oregon Miners Update


The Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) v. Siskiyou National Forest case over the requirement for plans of operation for suction dredge mining is now in the hands of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Special Editorial: Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Believes They Have the Evidence


The Legislative Update and Company Notes columns were pulled this issue to make room for this important, breaking news.

Rahall Proposes Bill to End All Mining in the U.S.


H.R. 699, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, should be labeled H.R. 666 because it appears to have been written by the Devil himself.

A Few Prospecting Notes From Jim Straight


The article that appeared in the October 2002 Issue of ICMJ, “Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter,” by Lunk, is an example of how to use a “deep-seeking-type” metal detector to lay down a grid pattern to “mine” eluvial placer gold after prospecting and finding the first nugget as the locus.

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