Prospecting & Detecting
The Highs and Hazards of Desert Prospecting
June 2022 by Dan Stanton
We hit on a good spot the last time we were at this location and we made up our minds that we weren’t going to let hurricane-like winds stop us.
The Significance of Nuggets in Placers
Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.
Gold In The Midwest—Part II: Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
In this article, I am going to take a look at three Midwest states and go through some of the prime places for prospectors to find nice local gold there.
How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part I
Hunting for Big Gold in a Haunted Canyon
More than one prospector has gone into that canyon and never came out.
Mineralization, Ground Balance and Metal Detecting
The right ground balance setting for the conditions you are working is critical. If your detector isn’t set properly, you will lose depth of detection, sometimes to an extreme degree.
How to Research Prospecting Locations and Mining Claims
If you are interested in researching mining claims for any purpose, you will first have to decipher the BLM’s LR2000, a Rube Goldberg database seemingly designed by a 1980s Soviet-era computer hacker.
Placer Channel Sampling
Sampling gold placers can be rewarding, but remember to treat the samples so you are not high grading or low grading your results. Learn the rules and apply them so your samples are accurate.
The Bawl Mill • Why The Paper Change? • Ask The Experts - When do I use detector discrimination? • Ask The Experts - Is gold found in limestone? • Ask The Experts - Can pyrite crystals be the same color as gold? • How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System • A Short But Productive Hunt • Blast from the Past: Jeff Casserly Tells His Own Story • Old Dog(Fighter), New Trick • Talking Metal Detectors with Brent Weaver of Garrett • Strategies for Detecting Heavily Pounded Areas—Part III • EPA Recommends Against Reissuing Permit for PolyMet Mine • Just Feel The Heft of It • Proposed Nebraska Mine Has Sizeable Deposit of Rare Elements • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver
Introducing ICMJ’s New Owners: Josh and Sherrie Reinke • Legislative and Regulatory Update • PLP Update