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Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II

During the mid-1800s until about 1920, the settlers of the West tended to be quite optimistic, but in reality they flew with a wing and a prayer.

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Gold Hunting on Libby Creek


The biggest nugget I have found detecting here was three grams and the following weekend someone found a 9-gram nugget while detecting. Some have even found quarter-ounce nuggets, with one being a chevron nugget.

Gold Deposition and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part I


When placer miners from the gold rush era began experimenting with the slope of their sluices, they must have pondered the ideal slope for trapping gold in a creek bed too. Logic suggests the same is true for streams...

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North Korea Seeks Outside Help to Modernize Mining


Eager to earn hard currency, isolated North Korea is trying to modernize its decrepit mining industry with foreign help.

Small Miner Beats Forest Service in Court


Thomas Tierney has been a long-time subscriber to ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and has read about the many battles between miners and overzealous regulators. Then he faced his own battle.

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