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Using A Blasting Machine in Rock Breaking

Whatever system you plan to use will require a way to safely initiate the explosives from a distance. In this article, we’re going to learn the basics of electric blasting and get a hands-on example…

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Benefits of a Detecting Partner


“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.

Following Clues to an Old Mill and Vein Strike


My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.

Following Man-Made Ditches to Recover More Gold


Because of multiple take-out points along a ditch line, the ditches themselves become a wealth of knowledge to us present-day miners.

Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part III


The higher the sensitivity setting, the louder and sharper the signal from a gold nugget or other metal target.

Detecting For Gold—Are You Up For It?


Over the years that I have been detecting for gold I have had many of the same questions come up. I decided to write this article to hopefully answer some questions that a person wishing to detect for gold may have.

Successful Rally for Suction Dredge Miners in Idaho


Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.

Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting


Ultraviolet light is divided into three levels, labeled A, B and C depending on the wavelength, with C having the shortest wavelength and the most energy.

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