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Lessons Learned From Geologists


Not long after this, I was camped out with the geologist beside the Similkameen River where he showed me the evidence that an ancient channel existed on our claim.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Man vs Paydirt


As I laid in my Jeep and tried to get some rest, I began to realize how tired I was. I felt like a little kid who walked around Disneyland for 12 hours with his parents.

PLP Update


While progress with Congress has been slow, the Trump administration has taken the lead to start making needed changes at the Department of Interior and US Department of Agriculture to support miners…

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Small-scale and commercial suction gold dredges.

Mohave County, Arizona: The Oatman/San Francisco Mining District


The Oatman/San Francisco Mining District’s historic gold production of 2.2 million ounces of gold since the 1880s makes this area Arizona’s greatest primary gold producing district.

Mining Organizations Unite To Petition For Rule Change


The petition seeks specific changes to existing Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management regulations to restore the intent of Congress and federal preemption.

ICMJ Honored As Prospecting Magazine of the Year


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On private land. Ore shoot proved to 1000 ft!

The Sunbaker


My hunch was that the gold is coming down the apron, falling off to both sides and into both gulches. I say that because the gold we found previously has the same characteristics and color across the entire area.

A Golden Vacation


Each day for the first part of the week my boys and I picked and chipped away at that wall, stockpiling dirt in 5-gallon buckets and cement mixing tubs.

Mining Company Pays Millions for Gold Dug From Mine Dumps


Through a program that began in 2011, Barrick Gold Corp.-owned Golden Sunlight has paid out more than $45 million to small miners in the last seven years...

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New Book! Learn to use Google Earth to find gold and treasure!

Melman on Gold & Silver


This past month has been filled with headline-grabbing news events and, for a change, it was not only politics that dominated those news stories, but rather financial markets themselves, with gold and mining shares grabbing a major share of attention.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


How Long Does It Take to Find and Recover An Ounce of Gold?


Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.

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Charles P. Watson, Chief Geologist

The Bawl Mill


  • Residents put on hold for frogs
  • I’d like to buy a vowel please…

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • House appropriations bills introduced
  • Two Minnesota hardrock mining leases reinstated
  • Equal Access to Justice Act

Ask The Experts - Can you provide information on gold in Ghana?


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Ask The Experts - Geophysics and gold deposits


Ask The Experts - Do these items qualify as mechanized equipment?


Ask The Experts - EPA Method 6020 testing


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Ask The Experts - New detector or stick with the old?


The Value of Old Patches


Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.

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