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Mining In The El Paso Range of Southern California


While none of the historical mining camps are active, the area is still a hub of activity for the modern prospector, and claims still blanket the hills and gulches.

Tips and Tricks: A Dredging Tip for Clearing the Tailings Pile


After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.

The Kern River


There are clubs with claims in the area and there’s a section of the river open to the public, but the rest of the area is claimed up so do your research first.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


While the election outcome is highly and hotly debated, yet another major portion of the world’s attention remains focused on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic itself...

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


• Airport screeners strike gold
• That’s a (w)rap, folks!

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Ask The Experts - A metal detector for Ghana?


Ask The Experts - Is a detector a good return on investment?


Ask The Experts - Concern that gold and silver aren’t considered critical?


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Exploration Rush at Tonopah, Nevada


A few months later, a young, greenhorn lawyer agreed to pay to have it assayed, and the quartz turned out to be rich in both gold and silver.

Prospecting Old Mine Dumps With A Drone


Due to the lockdown, I spent lots of time indoors this spring and I decided to add a drone as a faithful mate in my research.

Hard Rock 101: Blasting With Kinepak Explosives


Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.

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Ancestral Yuba River Placer Gold Deposits


The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits. 

PLP Update: Oktoberfest Weekend


Forty prospectors lucky enough to sign up early spent a weekend looking for gold and talking about gold. And there is nothing better than doing both.

It's Not Always El Dorado


This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Coyote Poop Gold


Australians have told me that emus, being very curious, will pick up and swallow anything shiny or unusual. They say aborigines will kick and pick apart any emu poop they see to check them out for nuggets.

National Forest Closures in California


I found I could not go prospecting in areas where I did not have a mining claim and the Forest Service thought my mere presence was a danger to the forest.

Melman on Gold & Silver


While present official numbers remain quiescent at below 2%, we strongly believe the seeds of future inflation have now been laid via virtually unlimited currency creation by various central banks around the globe.

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The Bawl Mill


• Too early to build the crusher?
• Time for small mine exemptions
• Should I be checking the culverts for gold?

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