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Turning Hobby Mining into Business Mining

The first thing a person should do is seriously consider whether they want to go mining as a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of the choice.

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All About Garnets


I get a lot of questions from prospectors about garnets, their value and what they tell us about the geology of some types of mineral deposits. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at the lowly garnet and learn a bit more about it.

There's a First Time for Everyone


...day one was like watching the Gold Rush television show. He furiously worked the nozzle in an up and down fashion that resembled Jack Hoffman sitting on a backhoe.

Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I


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The Batteries Metal Rush


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Detectors: Past, Present and Future


Detectors were invented long before I was born, but it was in the 1960s when they started to become an item popular enough to power a fledgling industry. The key development was miniature transistor technology replacing the old fashioned tube technology of the 1950s, making lightweight, affordable detectors possible.

My New Passion--Crystal Hunting


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