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U.S. Dept. of Interior Inspectors in Arizona

Glynn Burkhardt, president of the Arizona Small Mine Operators Association, has a small mine outside of Tucson, Arizona. He recently received a visit from U.S. Department of Interior...

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The Giant King Mine


Most gold-bearing veins in this region are controlled by fractures associated with the Melones Fault, a late Cretaceous structure that is 108 to 127 million years old.

Ask the Experts


Ore testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.

Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old


Here’s what actually happened, described in the case file documents: Based on a precious metal assay certificate signed by a registered southwest assayer, the sellers, in consideration of the payment of over $53 million, transfer over 185,000 troy ounces stored in a warehouse to a company based in Norway. This document was signed and notarized in a southwest town, and was publicly distributed in 2001. Guess what?! The  warehouse floor concrete may have a higher gold assay than the concentrates sitting above it valued at fifty-three million.

RS 2477 Fact vs. Fiction


The recent increased public attention given to Revised Statute 2477 rights-of-way also has been accompanied by an increase in misinformation being spread by some anti-access environmental groups and federal bureaucrats.

Understanding and Prospecting Benches


The most obvious benches are usually near the valley floor, but they can be thousands of feet above the valley floor. Since benches were made by streams, they can contain placer deposits.

A New Look at Old Mines


Exploration companies are actively looking for properties with profitable potential, even if the ground was once cast off as too low in grade to be economically viable. This is especially true in states that are reasonably friendly toward...

Melman on Gold & Silver


Once you have had a chance to look at our charts and quotes for this issue, I have one bit of advice. "Don't go running off to see your optometrist!"

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