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From Iowa to Alaska—How I Became A Gold Miner


May 18, 2019, after 26 years, I had finally saved enough money. I bought my one-way ticket to Fairbanks, Alaska, and I started off by finding a new job…

Jamestown and Our Mother Lode Gold Rush Adventures


There are many other locations in the area where gold has been found, but Woods Creek is the most famous of the creeks and gulches in the area where the 49ers searched for that elusive yellow metal.

Why Assaying Placer Gold Deposits Doesn't Work


Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Those Blasted Boulders!


The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…

Melman on Gold & Silver


Given the enormous expenditures that are required to bring any mining property into production, the industry can ill afford a regulatory system which, by reversing already existent approvals, can nullify the value of funds already expended.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


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The Bawl Mill


• Comedian picks on wrong town

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Pendley nomination withdrawn but will remain BLM director for now
• Comments needed for Midas Gold project in Idaho

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Ask The Experts - What is the difference between heavy and light rare earth elements?


Ask The Experts - What are the tax implications for partners on a claim?


Ask The Experts - What should my plan be for testing quartz for gold in North Carolina?


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Subtle and Not So Subtle Dangers of Hard Rock Mining


I’ve been in enough mines to know better, and I mentally kicked myself several times. That was a close call…

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How Should I Work This Prospect?


How big is the deposit? Are there boulders you will need to move? Do you just want to recover the nuggets or do you think there is good fine gold that you will also want to capture?

Tips and Tricks: Preparing Your Dredge Engine for Storage


From this I inferred that engine 2 had a carburetor problem. In this article, I discuss the specific engine/carburetor problem, and the surprising solution to this problem.

Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting


Ultraviolet light is divided into three levels, labeled A, B and C depending on the wavelength, with C having the shortest wavelength and the most energy.

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More Tips on How to Find Gold with A Detector


When detecting an area that has been cleaned to bedrock and you have new trees growing, always make sure you get your coil as close as possible to the tree. Why?

What Do You Need For A Successful Micro-Scale Mine?


For simplicity, I will assume that you wish to make enough profit so that you can comfortably pay your bills using just the profits from the mine.

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