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Unique Rare Earth Mine in Texas


Exploration for and prospecting in search of similar deposits should focus on rhyolite bodies located in fluorite-bearing areas.

A Lesson In Underwater Sniping


Of course, I know a bit about crevicing, but Steve seems to really have a knack for it, and I’m all about continual learning. I can always learn a few tricks from the pros.

Gold in The Midwest--Part I


Gold can potentially be found in all the glaciated areas of the Midwest, but to find it in any appreciable amount one needs to look to areas where the gold gets concentrated by more recent water flows.

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PLP Update: Another Suction Dredge Case Heading to the US Supreme Court


In the meantime, we will continue our multi-pronged approach to seek regulatory relief at the federal level while supporting those court cases that are built on a strong legal foundation.

More Fiddling While Forests Burn


Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.

Achieving Accurate Metal Detector Discrimination


Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.

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My New Passion--Crystal Hunting


I decided to dig near it to see if there were any more and immediately uncovered others. In total I found a pocket with over 100 crystals in it. I was hooked.

The Half-Mile Claim


We dug and extracted for two more hours. This time, as I dumped the concentrates, I saw a piece of gold three-fourths of an inch long and as big around as a pencil.

Melman on Gold & Silver


...we believe that these measures will also lead to diminished profitability, diminished tax revenues and, therefore, increasing calls for massive new economic stimulation which again, by historic standards, could well work to the benefit of the precious metals.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: White Knuckle Mining


…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.

The Bawl Mill


  • It’s time to trim the fat…
  • Springfield dog owners better watch their step…
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Charles P. Watson, Chief Geologist

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
  • Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
  • Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species

Ask The Experts - Seeking advice on setting up an operation and the agreement with the landowner


Montana Gold and Sapphires Revisited


I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…

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Crumb Hunting With A VLF Detector


Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.

A Third Generation Small-Scale Hardrock Revival


One of his friends had 700 feet of small-gauge mine track and a hundred-year-old track bender laying out in his back 40; plus he also wanted to join the team. Perfect.

PLP Update


The miner was drywashing using a small, gas-powered drywasher for a short period of time—maybe an hour—when he was asked by a ranger to see his permit, which is not required to prospect at this small of a scale.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Respect the Angle of Repose


If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.

The Summer of ‘81


When it was all setup and running, you had everything coming off the dredge riffles into the boil box. At the hole section, some of the water got sucked down and pulled a lot of black sand and over heavies…

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