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Understanding and Evaluating Desert Mineralization for Nuggetshooters

The primary source of many dryplacers is from the weathering of small to large hardrock sulphide ledges to yield free-gold, soluble salts and iron oxides. Placer gold, both large and small nuggets, can be found from the top inch down...

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• Can I find enough gold to make a living with only hand tools?

Uncovering the Find of a Lifetime


• The 75-ounce Butte County nugget is the largest found in California since the 156-ounce Mojave nugget in the 1970s...

Southern Oregon's Illinois River—A Lesson in Sharing


Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.

Feds Release Opinion on Planned Mine Under Montana Wilderness


A proposed silver and copper mine that would burrow under a wilderness area in northwestern Montana will not affect bull trout, nor will it harm grizzly bears so long as some additional precautions are taken, federal wildlife authorities said.

Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit


Many years ago I was in the American Canyon. I remembered a few details about a placer deposit there, so we decided to make a trip down and re-check some of these old workings.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• WOTUS definition is changing again
• BLM HQ on the move again

Miners Discuss Struggles at NWMA


Falling metal prices and rising production costs have squeezed profits in recent months, forcing many mine layoffs and putting some new mines on hold. Now, the industry is gearing up for another fight over mining reform legislation with a Congress that has fewer mining supporters after November’s elections that saw Democratic majorities increase in both houses.

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