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Ask The Experts - Can gold particles combine to form a nugget?


Placer Gold Deposits in the Western States


…to see the huge differences between the gold production amounts of the Western States, let’s look at the gold production—both hard rock and placer—of these 13 states up to the present.

Evaluating Gold Recovery with Mass Balance Calculations


Whether you are placer or hard rock gold mining, maximizing the efficiency of your recovery process is very important to success, and accurate testing is necessary to do so.

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Clues for Detecting Ancient River Channels and Flats


The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.

What Is Your Grade?


After paying for the mine fleet, mill capital, supplies, fuel, power and labor, at today’s metal prices, does this mine make a profit?

PLP Update


The group spent three days helping miners with access issues, teaching them how to politely and respectfully educate federal regulators and law enforcement officers, and how to win these issues in court if necessary.

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State of Idaho Looks to Invest in Gold and Silver


Legislation to allow the Idaho treasurer to invest in gold and silver that must be physically stored in Idaho is headed to the full House.

Colorado Uranium Mining in the 1950s Boom


You can learn a lot from a small mining operation because you have to become proficient in every job. Soon I was preparing fuses, placing powder (dynamite) and learning the ins and outs of drilling and blasting.

Drywashing for Desert Gold—Part II


…whichever layer I’m getting the best gold, I’ll work that stratum. Some of the best gold in the desert is not always on the bedrock.

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Decoding Dredge Capacity


Some typical questions that you might consider asking yourself about purchasing a dredge might be…

I Just Tripped Over A Nugget


I metal detected a number of years before I saw my first nugget peeking out from the dirt before I had scraped or dug for it. This one was in the steep sidewall of a narrow, but deep drywash.

Melman on Gold & Silver


Another potential problem is the body of regulations imposed by the Paris Climate Accord that President Trump had negated but which President Biden has immediately rejoined.

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Charles P. Watson, Chief Geologist

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


• His self-worth has no value…without a password
• Very costly accusations

Ask The Experts - Where did the gold go?


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Ask The Experts - True north or magnetic north?


Ask The Experts - How do I avoid claim jumping?


Ask The Experts - Are closed placer and lode claims worth my time?


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Gold Geochemistry: Where Does Gold Come From?


Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?

Goal Setting and Rock Tossing


Day three was a copy of day two. I started real low in the long wash to see if I could prove how far down the gold had made it.

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