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How Far Has That Gold Traveled?


Let’s examine why your placer gold looks the way it does and what you can tell about its journey based upon its appearance.

'Outer Space' Diamond Headed for Auction


Black diamonds, also known as carbonado, are extremely rare, and are found naturally only in Brazil and Central Africa. The cosmic origin theory is based on their carbon isotopes and high hydrogen content.

Melman on Gold & Silver


During the past month, two of our favorite sources of fundamental information for the precious metals markets have issued their summary reports looking ahead to the coming year.

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The Bawl Mill


• A back breaking commute…
• It depends on what the meaning of the word “MasterClass” is…
• Location, location, location…
• The tarnished “Golden State”

Ask The Experts - Geophysics or drilling? Which is best for this project?


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• WOTUS definition is changing again
• BLM HQ on the move again

Why Is The Gold On Bedrock—Or Why Is It Not?


Gold on the bedrock is a good rule of thumb, but not one that is 100 percent effective. There are plenty of exceptions. So, how does a prospector recognize those exceptions?

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PLP Update


We anticipate there will be a change in party leadership in possibly both the House and Senate following the November 2022 mid-term elections…

Breaking Boulders With Explosives


The process we will be using is called “blockholing,” and it is commonly used at mines and in construction projects to break up oversize material into sizes that can be easily handled.

Colorado to California for Gold


The total after a great day added with the previous days put them up to 9.07 pennyweight—just under a one-half ounce of beautiful California gold.

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Historic Dredge Uncovered in North Carolina


The Robinson is a wooden bucket-line dredge that was built in the early 1900s in New York and shipped in pieces to Nash County in North Carolina by train for reassembly.

Setting Up A Placer Operation


Trommels come in two basic sections. The first section is called the scrubber unit. The second is the punch plate, where the gravels and ore of a specified size drop out into a variety of sluice box recovery units.

Grizzly Flats, California—Another Mother Lode Gold Rush Town


We chatted for a bit and then we had to take off, but I kept what he said in the back of my mind as we rushed out to some other gold-bearing place in the Mother Lode to feed our gold fever.

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Drywashing Without A Drywasher


After trading for a specialized gold detector, my gold finds went up in a hurry. Even though those older gold detectors were pretty good, things have changed a lot since then.

Late Fall Drywashing


Part of the good thing about this spot is that it is not that far from my home in the famous Virginia City mining district. Not everyone knows this, but the first discoveries around that area were gold placers.

Melman on Gold & Silver


As we have repeated quite often, rising inflation—or, more particularly, the expectation of rising inflation—has historically been perhaps the most important ingredient of all in past precious metals bull markets.

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The Bawl Mill


• Your order will be ready in the year 2076
• The roadrunner was finally caught

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