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Chasing Hard Rock Gold As A Placer Deposit


The question I had, and likely you have too, is when an old channel is cut, how far does the placer gold in the cut channel move down in a river or creek that continues to erode deeper and deeper?

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Bumbling Through A Gold Bonanza


On about the fifth time across one of these slopes, and down near the little wash...bam! I found a nice chunk of rock, laced through with gold. Wow! How had I missed this?

How Mesothermal/Orogenic Gold Deposits Form


These deposits are very widespread across the planet. In fact, they are so extensive that something around 75% of all the gold ever mined comes from these types of deposits (if one includes the placer deposits that also formed from them).

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My Explosive Introduction to Gold Mining


My friend came walking in from the garage with what looked to me like a stick of dynamite. Chuckling, he said, “Have you ever been gold mining?”
In my head I was thinking, “Not at 3 am in the morning with dynamite.”

PLP Update


At the state level, there’s a possibility that California Governor Newsom could be removed and replaced during his upcoming recall election, which will be held in September.

Georgetown CA: A Historically Rich Mother Lode Treasure


The interesting thing about the Mother Lode area is that we can pretty much find at least a little gold in any creek or river (and even in some of the many dry gulches).

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Reminder: Annual Claim Filings and Fees Due


Mining claimants who wish to retain their mining claims on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands through the 2022 assessment year must pay a maintenance fee or file a maintenance fee waiver certificate on or before September 1, 2021, to prevent forfeiture.

Melman on Gold & Silver


First, in order to compensate for the diminishment of purchasing power that usually accompanies rising inflation, investors normally have demanded higher interest rates on their investment assets. This was particularly true in the 1977-81 era when inflation soared to almost 20% and interest rates rose to roughly the same level.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


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The Bawl Mill


• Sunshine State to the rescue
• Bezos to be banished from the planet?
• Would you like some water with that?

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Actions speak louder than words
• Biden nominee for BLM director has ties to eco-terrorist groups

Ask The Experts - What percentage of the gold price can I get from a buyer?


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Ask The Experts - Is a hookah battery setup legal in California?


Ask The Experts - Are friends and relatives regulated like employees?


Ask The Experts - What do you use for flux for melting gold?


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Ask The Experts - Why Isn't There A Dual Coil Detector?


Ask The Experts - Who has the rights to a vein that goes under a neighboring claim?


Ask The Experts - Is platinum usually magnetic?


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Ten Detecting Tips for the Savvy Desert Prospector


Prospectors who specialize in nugget detecting are especially interested in this special desert type, as it produces nuggets that are close to the surface of the ground and therefore more suitable to be found with a detector.

All About Hard Rock Drills


There are three basic power sources for rock drills—electricity, gasoline and compressed air. Before we go into big pneumatic drills, we’ll start with a quick rundown of each.

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