The Joy of Prospecting
February 2004 by Chris RalphI have been prospecting and mining for gold, both as a hobby and as an occupation, for nearly 30 years. From the deep green forests to the rolling sagebrush hills, few people see as much of America’s wide-open spaces as I do.
Ask The Experts - Who owns this historic mill and how do I handle possible mercury contamination?
Crisson Gold Mine Robbed At Gunpoint
The suspect brought a duffel bag with him that he filled with two employee cellphones, wallets, cash from the register, gold nuggets and several trays of jewelry.
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• New California suction gold dredging regulations released—and they are just as bad as we predicted
• Dredgers file US Supreme Court response in Oregon case
• Washington State pushes same suction gold dredging narrative
• Pentagon reverses decision on rare earth projects
Harshaw's Silver Days
In the Patagonia Mountains east of Nogales, Arizona, between the famed ruins of Mowry and the quaint old mining supply center town of Patagonia lies the remains of Harshaw, once a thriving mining camp in its own right.
Scouts New Mining in Society Badge
...it's very refreshing to hear that some of our youth will learn of the value of mining without all the environmental spin.
Evaluating a Placer Discovery
Gold mineralization is usually first noted in an area by examining material weathered from the source and liberated or washed downhill from it.
Nevada Gold Production Up Despite Lower Prices
Despite lower prices, Nevada gold production increased slightly last year and the state continues to produce about three-fourths of the nation’s gold.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Buying or Investing in Mineral Properties • Company Notes • Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp • Old-Time Mining Geology Books • Ask the Experts: Recommended Reading—Part I • The Tangential Impulse Water Wheel in California Gold Mining History—Part I • Consider Adding Gold to Your Portfolio • US Files Charges Against Gold Refiner • Gold in Australia • Gold in Rotten Rock • Restoring the Rule of Law to US Mining • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices