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A Model Mining Operation


After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.

The Giant King Mine


Most gold-bearing veins in this region are controlled by fractures associated with the Melones Fault, a late Cretaceous structure that is 108 to 127 million years old.

Gold Recovery with Centrifugal Bowls


Centrifugal bowls are very efficient, and with proper operation they can consistently achieve gold recoveries above 95% with gold of about 50 mesh size.
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Mining on the Comstock Lode


Even with the decades of mining and exploration, much of the Comstock is still underdeveloped and its potential not fully tapped.

Long-Term Camping Plan at Fortymile Proposed by BLM


A draft environmental assessment of a proposal to allow long-term camping by gold miners along 21 miles of the North Fork of the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River is available from the Bureau of Land Management.

California Dredgers: A Step Closer to Getting Back in the Water


...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.
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A Few Methods for Sampling Hardrock Deposits


With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...

Exploring Placers with Auger Drills


Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.

Crushing Quartz in Calaveras County: A Placer Miner Learns New Tricks


I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
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Mining for Gold and Sapphires in Montana


Fascinated by the sapphires—and the gold that occured with them—he was soon buying parcels of property and setting up his own commercial-scale gravel processing plants.

Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion


Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
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Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels


They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.

Gold Deposits of the Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast has considerable gold reserves, and this nation has the largest area of greenstone belts prospective for gold in the continent.

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Prospecting Hard Rock


We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.

Comments on Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold Series


The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.

Hidden Value in Old Tailings


The 15 rare earth elements were discovered long after the gold rush began to wane, but demand for them only took off over the past 10 years...
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The Perfect Summer


Within the first 3 hours he and I had found pocket after pocket of gold and couldn't wait to tell Levi of our treasure.

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