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Ask The Experts - Is using hydrogen peroxide a good indicator for PGMs?


A Note from the Editor


Also in the good news category, the current administration has taken many of our recommendations regarding much-needed regulatory relief to heart.

Going Over Old Ground With Newer Technology


When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Congress deals with other priorities
• Alaska miners get relief on state lands

Hard Rock 101: Breaking Rock—Part I


What do you do when you’ve located a promising deposit of gold or gemstones, but it’s trapped in solid rock?

Tips and Tricks


I cleared the connector by poking a small Phillips screwdriver through it. To ensure the bore was clean, I dunked the connector into some water and then blew it clean with my shop air compressor.

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Prospecting in the Age of Covid-19


I have a bunch of ideas about what to do in the near term and then other thoughts about what things might look like a few months from now when I hope the situation will look a lot better.

Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend


While sitting there, I wondered if I should go over the hole again. I did and got a louder signal that turned out being about another twelve inches deep.

PLP Update: Regulatory Relief On The Way


Toward the end of this summer, we expect another Federal Register notice will be published that deals with Forest Service mining regulations.

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Panning on North Fork American Yields Good Gold


This second trip down was a challenge. It started in Colfax on the Stevens Trail, where the distance to the river is four miles with an elevation drop of about 1,000 feet.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Dum-Dum Dodges a Boom-Boom


He could tell that the top part just slid partway down over the bottom half. So, he tried to twist it apart with his hands. No go!

'Wormholes'—Reckless Adventure


I informed them fully about where we would be and what we would be doing—sort of—withholding some of the more not so smart and quite dangerous sounding parts.

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All About Lead Minerals, Silver and Gold


Many miners know that lead is very commonly associated with silver values, but the truth is that it is also associated with gold values in many locations as well.

It's Time to Get the Heck Out of China


We are at a crossroads; either we establish the mining, production and refining of rare earth elements here in the US or we remain subjected to the whims of the Chinese government.

Melman on Gold & Silver


In all the years I have been writing this column (approaching 35) and in my writings elsewhere, I have to admit that I never foresaw the kind of immense changes that have been wrought during the past two months…

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Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Washington State copies California's wayward regulations

The Bawl Mill


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Over The Divide: Kenneth Leon Harn


Sampling for Success—Part II


The first and most important thing of the sampling process is to try to be as unbiased as possible. There is a natural tendency to select rock that looks the best—even unconsciously.

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