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Placer Sampling for the Small-Scale Miner


I have seen many samples taken originally with an eye toward getting the highest grades possible, but later someone claims that those results represent an average grade of the whole gravel deposit.

PLP Update


If this authority over mining was not included in the transfer, then the US Forest Service would not have jurisdiction.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Disappearing Nuggets


Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.

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National Mining Hall of Fame Names 2021 Inductees


Gary J. Goldberg became President and CEO of Newmont Mining Corp. in 2013. He turned the company’s overall performance around through a disciplined focus on safety, technical fundamentals, and value over volume.

Lithium Fuels Hopes Around Salton Sea


The lake is at the southern tip of the San Andreas Fault, which has shifting tectonic plates that bring molten material closer to Earth’s surface. The only other part of the US known to have more geothermal brine available is on the fault’s other end in Northern California.

Melman on Gold & Silver


Seldom, if ever, has this writer seen anything comparable to the level of hostility, disrespect and outright hatred now being demonstrated across America. If anyone thinks this is an erroneous conclusion, please consider the following ongoing events…

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Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Critical minerals addressed in infrastructure bill

The Bawl Mill


• Muzzle puzzle
• America’s loss is China’s gain

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Ask The Experts - Would a platinum nugget contain all the PGMs?


Ask The Experts - Can you clarify how many minerals I need to identify to be successful?


Ask The Experts - Were there any productive mines where there were no contacts?


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Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style


There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.

Indicators and Hillsides


The placer gold shows up in ground sluice areas, hydraulic pits, secondary channels and hillside diggings. It is coming down the hillsides from an ancient channel left high and dry millions of years ago.

Surviving the Unexpected


In this article, we will talk about how emergency response works in back country areas and go over some different ways to improve your chances of obtaining a good outcome should you get into trouble.

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Gold Placers of Southern California


I grew up in Southern California, and found my first nugget there, so I know my way around. Because there is good gold there, I thought it might be helpful to take a look at the many placer gold opportunities found in the southern part of the state.

PLP Update


…a half-dozen dredgers have completed the appropriate paperwork and are conducting dredging operations at this juncture. They hope to expand these efforts to other western states in the near future.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Throwing Away Thousand-Dollar Hot Rocks


All of this made me have to conclude that those dummies just didn’t know what they were doing. It was a couple of years later before the solution for this puzzle became clear to me.

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3D-Printed Tools for Prospecting


…these two guys are part of the new hi-tech generation who review new technologies and are always looking for new ways to apply them in innovative fields!

Libby, Montana Prospectors Keep Tradition Alive


Located 23 miles south of Libby, the land surrounding the Libby Creek area has been of interest to prospectors since the early 1860s, when it was home to up to 600 miners working at a camp known as Libbysville.

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