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The Bawl Mill


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Ask The Experts: How would you go about evaluating a silver deposit?


Any ore grading 32% silver would contain more than 9,000 ounces of silver per ton and be valued at something in the range of $150,000 per ton. Even a few tons of this type of material would be well worth shipping off to a smelter for treatment.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Reminder: Annual claim fees due September 1, 2017
  • Update on California suction gold dredging
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How to Make a Rock Sled for Dredging


When my “anonymous” friend told me the rock tub was probably a hundred miles from where he safely stashed it, I decided to build another sled and improve on my old design.

More on Detecting Pocket Gold


What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.

MMAC Update


Pearson called the trip, “The most productive so far. We are courting over a dozen potential sponsors now. We had some members call us back for additional meetings and several of these lasted over an hour.”

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The Rochester Mining District of Nevada


Only the richest ores could be worked and shipped off for processing at a profit. As a result, early mining in the southern part of the Humboldt Range was short-lived. In the 1880s, placers were discovered in Spring Valley and American Valley on the east side of the range...

Early Summer Mining in Wyoming


Old tailing piles extend for miles. There was still plenty of water flowing here, so WPA members set up highbankers at several settling ponds.

US Rare Earths: We Have & We Have Not


America’s premier source of strategic REEs were regulated out of business and 300 employees lost their jobs. For almost fifteen years America has been dependent on the communist Chinese cartel.

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National Hall of Fame Names 2017 Inductees


EPA Reopens Comments on Pebble Project


The settlement did not grant an immediate approval for the project, but it did begin to clear the way for the company to apply for federal permits—a path the Obama administration previously had thwarted.

Over the Divide: Wayne (Jerry) Keene 1934-2017


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Melman on Gold & Silver


We have heard much “tough talk” through the years regarding reining in the regulatory excesses of government agencies in the past, but little action has followed those words. Perhaps we will finally see a genuine move away from excessive regulation.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


  • World Health Organization gets 5-star rating… for overspending
  • Capitol Hill security detail is MVP at baseball shootout
  • Texas tells California to get a life
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Ask The Experts: What is a Spanish needle?


Some fellow in Texas was selling a Spanish needle—a dousing device used to recover minerals in the old days. Do you know anything about these?

Ask The Experts: Sulfides and fluxes


The concentrate is just the heaviest of the heavy minerals but some sulfides are sneaking in there also with the gold...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Property rights advocate in running for top BLM spot
  • “Draining the swamp” at Interior
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Simple Rules of Gold Geology: Comparing Epithermal and Mesothermal Deposits


Geology is a science of general tendencies with frequent exceptions, not one of hard and fast rules that are always true and never vary. For almost every well-accepted rule of gold deposits, I can point you to a number of important exceptions.

The "Madonna Nugget"—A Weekend Hunt to Remember


I worked my way to a flat area along a ridge where I could see a quartz blowout. As I got within 100 feet of it, I started seeing rock that I knew to be associated with gold.

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