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Using A Trommel For Placer Processing

The behavior of a trommel is dependent on how it is designed and set up. Important design characteristics include feed rates, screen perforation sizes, cylinder size, rotation speed and incline.

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Moving The Big Rocks


The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me. 

Ask the Experts: Ionizing mercury


Q: What exactly does "ionizing" mercury mean?

Detecting Alluvial Bench Deposits -- Pt II


Walking around the gulch and exploring the upper drainage, picking up different rocks and inspecting them with a good loop, and looking them up in a field guide of rocks and minerals of your region will help you understand how the gold got there.

GPS Speeds Filing of Claims in Alaska


Alaska Governor Tony Knowles signed a bill making several beneficial changes to Alaska mining claim location law.

PLP Members Win Occupancy Case—Appeals Continue


Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and his mining partner Ken Waggener of Etna, California, were cited for occupying their mining claim in Klamath National Forest for more than 14 days. The section cited was Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.10(b). This CFR states that a special use authorization must be obtained for occupying a claim on National Forest land for more than 14 days. In some forests the time is 30 days.

The Economy, The Environment and Equity


Clinton's poverty tour brought angry responses from many Westerners. They know that while Clinton is not to blame for the poverty he saw ... he is the reason for the crises facing some western towns.

Melman on Gold & Silver


What a disappointment! Just when things were beginning to get really interesting and both parties had seemingly hotly contested races for the presidential nominations, both Senators involved promptly said, "I quit!," took their bat and ball and headed home!

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