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USGS Reports Increase of Imported Minerals

Since 1993, US reliance on imports of raw and processed materials of mineral origin has increased more than seven fold.

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Rock and Formations of the Mother Lode Gold Belt


The faulting, folding and shearing that occurred in the Mother Lode belt has created zones of structurally weak rocks or contacts between different types of rock, which has been favorable for the deposition of gold bearing ores.

The Robin Redbreast Lode


A Draft Environmental Impact Statement has finally been released for Robert and Marjorie Miller’s proposed lode mine, the Robin Redbreast Lode, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, located outside of Montrose, Colorado.

SB 838 and the Salem Witch Hunt


In every sense, this was a witch hunt with a preconceived agenda to heavily restrict or outright prohibit most small-scale mining in Oregon.

California and US Gold Panning Championships


The objective was to pan down all the material from the three-gallon bucket, extract the gold into a small vial, and then signal completion. Every lost flake added a five-minute penalty.

The Great Gold Rush of Nome, Alaska


Gold was mined in the Council Region several years before it was known at Nome, and from this vicinity the prospectors set out and made the Nome placers familiar to the world.

The Bawl Mill


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Sampling for Success—Part I


All these decisions and more depend on the richness of a claim—something that is determined by sampling. But sampling isn’t cheap, and even collecting the samples can be more difficult than it appears on the surface.

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