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Public Lands for the People has agreed to support the US Supreme Court appeal with financial assistance and with the filing of an amicus brief. (We here at the Mining Journal have also agreed to participate in the amicus brief.)

Determining The Optimal Crushing Size for Gravity Recovery


It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Pains of Prospecting


We started off excited and enthusiastic as we began hiking up the river, daydreaming about finding big gold.

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To Foam or Not to Foam


George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.

Following Man-Made Ditches to Recover More Gold


Because of multiple take-out points along a ditch line, the ditches themselves become a wealth of knowledge to us present-day miners.

Sixteen to One Gold Mine: Going Underground - Pt II


We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.

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All About Native Silver


Some of the wire forms are strange and fantastic, with wires sticking out in twisted, seemingly random directions. Others have deformed crystals and all of them have significant value to collectors.

Internet Forum Gold


I made my way up past where I left off and the wash was going to end in about 100 feet. It was then I got a sweet signal.

Melman on Gold & Silver


It should come as no surprise that gold and silver acted similarly, rising sharply during the early hours of the crisis and retreating as tensions abated.

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Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


  • UN budget is UNderfunded and UNfairly distributed
  • Walmart makes the naughty list

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
  • Army asks for REE proposals
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Gold In The Midwest—Part II: Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio


In this article, I am going to take a look at three Midwest states and go through some of the prime places for prospectors to find nice local gold there.

21st Century American Gold Rush: Rare Earth Elements


The burning question I needed answered was why didn’t the deposit ever get mined of at least one of the valuable minerals? A couple of reasons have come to light.

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Exceptions to the Rules: Re-Thinking Prospecting Rules of Thumb


Looking at the exceptions to the basic rules is sort of an advanced prospecting discussion, but the readers of ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal are plenty able to handle it.

Prospecting The East Fork San Gabriel Canyon, Southern California


I have found gold more than 200 feet above the river. It was not unusual for nuggets of an ounce or more to be found in these deposits, but fine gold and flakes are much more common.

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