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A 'Rare' Opportunity for America


All of which brings us back to the question of why we rely so heavily on China in the first place. America’s economy is heavily dependent upon energy and telecommunications, but does that require Chinese manufacturing? Clearly not.

Tips for Cleaning Gold Nuggets


I pulled out the nuggets I had worked on previously and looked at the size of the wire basket that the items to be cleaned are placed into. It looks much like a miniature french fry deep fryer.

PLP Update


Rep. Grijalva (D-Arizona) assumed chairmanship of the House Natural Resources Committee after Democrats took control of the House. He introduced Mining Law Reform legislation that would set us back decades…

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: In A Tight Spot


My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.

Detecting Wet Ground Yields More Fun Than Gold


We all continued over to another location at the top of a massive placer operation. Arriving at the draw, I showed everyone where gold had been found before and we all began detecting.

Over The Divide: Jim Straight, 1930-2019


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On private land. Ore shoot proved to 1000 ft!

Comments Needed On Pebble Project Draft EIS


If you do not have the time to read the entire document, I would suggest starting with the Executive Summary that begins on page 80.

Beach Mining for Placer Gold


What I saw was a beach area that was just completely covered in black sand. Rubbing my hands close together like a kid in a candy store, I could not wait to get set up.

Reno's 1872 Time Capsule Includes Gold Rush Lore


The Reno Masonic Lodge was built along the railroad tracks back when Ulysses S. Grant was president and shortly after the Comstock Lode of gold and silver was struck in Virginia City.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


…for a change, it is time to turn away from the Trump-Mueller frenzy and concentrate once again on some of the other sources of information which can present us with valuable information related to our precious metals.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


  • “Burglar” makes a clean getaway
  • $12 billion per month!
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bernhardt confirmed
  • State of Montana to appeal Rock Creek decision

Ask The Experts - Who owns this historic mill and how do I handle possible mercury contamination?


Ask The Experts - Sampling and assays


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The Geology of Diamond Deposits


New theories have been developed and they may lead to new discoveries and give prospectors some new insight on where to look for diamonds.

Keep Watch for The Unexpected


As I have always done, I stashed those heavy black rocks in my pack and put them in the garden at home. They never were given a second thought until a half decade later…

PLP Update


Public Lands for the People has established an online petition. We would like to gather thousands of signatures from across the country to show members of Congress that their constituents are supporting this legislation.

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Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—Gold At Last!


We’ve been busy with a plethora of projects, all aimed at gathering gold into a pile big enough to brag about. We’re not there yet, but I’ll show you some of the interesting projects we’ve completed since we talked last.

Imagining the Ultimate Prospecting Adventure


I recently found myself wondering what would be the ultimate prospecting adventure. What would be the most amazing thing if I had no restrictions or limitations?

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