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Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style


There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.

Colorado Miner Sues EPA Over 2015 Spill


Hennis claims that months later and without his permission, the EPA built a $2.3 million water treatment facility on the property and the agency continues treating water and storing waste there.

Why So Much Gold in Nevada?


Nevada produces about 75% of all the gold mined in the US. This means that all the other 49 states combined only produce 25%, and this includes California, Alaska and Arizona.

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The ABCs of XRF


Fast forward to present day and the XRF has come of age. Pull the trigger on the hand-held device and you get a nearly instant assay of the surface of a rock.

Utah Tellurium Mine Creates New US Supply of Key Mineral


“The ability to have 20 tons produced here in America helps our country mitigate those supply concerns.”

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?

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Northern Dynasty To Appeal Alaska Permit Rejection


The proposed mine would be built on state-owned land in the Bristol Bay region, near the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.

Resolution Copper Project To Be Reviewed By Year-End


If approved, the project would use block caving to extract the remaining ore, most of which is 7,000 feet below ground level.

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.

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Hard Rock 101: Advanced Micro Blasting


They… create negligible fumes and much less fly rock than blasting. Below are some tips on maximizing your effectiveness with these tools.

Now Is The Time For Exploration


I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.

The Mysterious Telluride Minerals


…let’s dive in and take a closer look at these rich gold and silver-bearing minerals to find out what they are, where they form, and how to identify them.

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Prospecting for Copper—What to Look for on the Outcrop


For the prospector, knowing what oxidized hydrothermal alteration looks like in the field is an important exploration tool.

Polymetallic Skarn Deposits


Polymetallic skarn deposits are an interesting class of deposits that can contain a number of different types of metals.

Resurrecting an Old Hard Rock Mine—Setting Up the Millsite


One of the first things we did while looking at buying the equipment was figuring out how it would dovetail into the milling process we already had in mind.

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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.

Where Will The Gold Price Go From Here?


There seem to be two possibilities for the future of this disease and either way there will be an effect on the price of gold.

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Judge Backs Minnesota's Twin Metals Mine in Lease Dispute


Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • NEPA comments due
  • Update on latest US Supreme Court suction gold dredging appeal
  • Washington State tries to restrict suction gold dredging

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