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    Got the bug reacted to Harry Lipke in Is there really a vein here?   
    The old timers did dig there but not to much depth.  Maybe 4 or 5 feet.  Little "pickers" in their tailings.  4 or 5 grains.
    I'm thinking they did not go deep enough.
    Where they did put their adit was in a strange location.... not related to the intersection and no signs of gold in their tailings. They were in bluestone and the area of the intersection has some igneous material.
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    Got the bug reacted to flintgreasewood in Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft   
    Not an awful lot to report.  I'm about 9' in my drift which is about 5' wide and 5' 6" high at the top of an arch.  My gravel is very atypical with large lenses of pure muck in between a jumble of chunky, fine and ground up shist bedrock, large cobbles, angular and rounded quartz and a smattering of intrusives.  There's no bedding or layering except for the muck and I even have bones almost to bed rock, one of those being a young mammoth jaw complete with two teeth found 2' off bed rock.  It's quite a conundrum.  And the gold is not primarily just off bed rock but spotty and scattered throughout the entire column.  Got any ideas?  Heavy flood event??   I'm also continually making changes to my heat rods for the gravel thawing.  My latest iteration should be ready to test out in about 2 weeks.  From calculations and prior experience I'm expecting some really effective thawing.  I'm also improving my drilling system making it faster and  less labor intensive.   My bucket hoist has been working nearly flawlessly.  I'm ready for the cold to leave though I'm not looking forward to fighting with runoff again this year.  Got some ideas  how to mitigate it.   More soon.  Thannks all for your continued interest.
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    Got the bug reacted to leonard in Visiting an old ore processing facillity   
    This is from a visit in Colorado about 20 years ago. It's probably still there, just in worse shape. A lot of good equipment just left to rot! This was a mining area near Jamestown, Colorado.
    Flotation mill
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    Got the bug reacted to jrezek in Processing Tailings   
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    Got the bug got a reaction from dredgernaut in 2017 Plans   
    I plan IiIII think I'm going to have a very interesting season myself. Gonna be doing some dredgeing, digging with my mini / mini excavator & feeding a highbanker, then moving up one sde of my claim and clearing some timber and overburden to check and see if it's bench off like I suspect, and of course with all that I'll do some metal detecting as well. And of course haveing some fun along the way.
    Happy & Safe Digging to You All !!!!!!!!
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    Got the bug got a reaction from dredgernaut in 2017 Plans   
    I plan IiIII think I'm going to have a very interesting season myself. Gonna be doing some dredgeing, digging with my mini / mini excavator & feeding a highbanker, then moving up one sde of my claim and clearing some timber and overburden to check and see if it's bench off like I suspect, and of course with all that I'll do some metal detecting as well. And of course haveing some fun along the way.
    Happy & Safe Digging to You All !!!!!!!!
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    Got the bug reacted to dredgernaut in 2017 Plans   
    hey bud , thanks , me too , I built the trommel with a friend , I call it the "dredgenaut" , it is meant to be bucket fed , or small excavator , but the trommel will require direct supervision pretty consistently if using a mini ex. to feed it ,    and I have not purchased a mini yet , but I am willing and able too, should the need arise , California will not let me use one on my claim , and I am praying the will let me run my trommel , that is why I'm considering other opportunities  ,  I work by myself because I don't have anyone to work with , lol , so I built the trommel to be very mobile , meant to be carried in pieces , 6 to 7 trips , heaviest piece is about 75 lbs. , I can carry each piece like nothing , made a backpack to carry the motors  , here is a short , first test run , with old concentrates with some hammered lead added ,
    do you have a place that will allow you to use your mini ,

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    Got the bug got a reaction from dredgernaut in 2017 Plans   
    Hello dredgernaut, sounds like you have a good summer planned, hope all gets the OK. Just wondering what type / make of mini excavator and trommel you are useing. Have a mini / mini myself and can feed a trommel or big banker, just curious.
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    Got the bug got a reaction from dredgernaut in Hello All   
    Very Nice !!!!
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    Got the bug reacted to David Ramey in Mining Based Reality Tv Shows   
    I wish those reality shows would go away and then maybe the nameless bureaucrats in Washington DC would quit making more needless regulations and permits for us to contend with.
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    Got the bug got a reaction from Geowizard in Dredging Vs. Trommel/excavator %   
    If I can figure out how to post photo's, I have some good pic's of a couple of Steam Donkey's that I took while prospecting in the old Fortuna Ledge Mining District this past fall. As well as some other old mining equip.
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    Got the bug reacted to Geowizard in Pinpointer For Gold?   
    - Geowizard
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    Got the bug reacted to Geowizard in Prospecting 101   
    Welcome to Prospecting 101;
    - Geowizard
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    Got the bug reacted to Geowizard in Small Trommels - 1 Yard Per Hour   
    I'm getting ready to cut some helix!
    More to come.
    - Geowizard
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    Got the bug reacted to chickenminer in New Nome Offshore Mining Machines   
    I'm posting these photos for user 'artic gold' .
     Pretty neat machines! Any questions should be
    directed to him.


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    Got the bug reacted to Rod Seiad in Don't Accept The Premise   
    The future of gold dredging and small-scale mining in the United States is going to court very soon.  We have an entire nation of people who either don't know or just don't care if we survive.  I believe those of us who do know and care need some support and guidance.  This ain't another pissin' contest between the mining associations of America.  This fight is to preserve our constitutional rights.  Each of us on this great forum stands to lose, and I mean BIG TIME!


    Brandon Rinehart and his Father were dredging the family claim in Plumas County on Father's Day 2013.  Brandon went to local court in Quincy shortly thereafter.  The judge fined him and placed him on 3 years probation.  The 3 years probation was wrong, he was only mining his own property.  The family finances have nearly become broken due to the strains of shouldering the load to benefit the rest of us.


    One of our living legends, Dave McCraken, authored this report on 2/13/14.


    "The main briefs have been filed with the Third Appellate District of California in the Brandon Rinehart case. Many of you will recall that Brandon was cited last year for operating a suction dredge in California without a permit. With financial assistance from PLP and others, Brandon hired our attorney, James Buchal, to defend against the criminal citation.  Brandon’s defense was largely based upon our federal preemption argument in San Bernardino Superior Court that the State does not have the authority to prohibit suction dredging, and that their refusal to issue a permit amounted to a prohibition.  The judge in that case rejected the preemption argument on the presumption that we would appeal to the Appellate Court.

    Now that the Appellate Court will consider federal preemption, we are on a fast track to get this very important issue decided.  James Buchal did afantastic job in presenting opening and closing arguments. I encourage you guys to read them, because they are very enlightening. The State’s argument is basically that congress never meant for the State to be prevented from stopping mining on the public lands.  Anti-mining activists have also weighed in with their own arguments. So that you can more easily follow along in the progress, we have created a special page on our web site that includes all of the important briefs.

    In the event that we win the federal preemption argument, my guess is that suction dredge permits will again immediately be available in California.  This, because a judge will have ruled that we can dredge even if California fails to issue permits. It is impossible to predict how long it will take the Court to issue a Decision. But it is possible it could happen before this next season.  We are providing financial assistance to pursue the preemption argument in the Appellate Court, since that outcome is likely to resolve many of the unsettled matters in San Bernardino Superior Court."


    The timeline, legal briefs, and Brandon's words are published on The New 49er's website.
    We cannot afford to abandon this case.
    James Buchal Attorney of Portland OR is currently running for a seat in the United States Congress.  Google his site.
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    Got the bug reacted to Geowizard in Rye Patch Gold   
    The gold at Rye Patch is like most gold producing districts.
    - Geowizard
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    Got the bug reacted to FreeGoldFanatic in Lode Vs. Placer ?   
    Definition clarification:What is a correct definition on a Lode mining claim?What is a correct definition of a Placer mining claim?It would seem that the answer is easy and straight forward but consider this:If I have a lode claim that covers some dry river wash and an adjoining hillside and someone else files a placer claim over my Lode claim;1. What area can they legally work?2. Can they work any land in my claim if "I was there first"?3. Can I state that the fine gold, 200 mesh minus fine, in the dry river wash is gold that washed off of the hillside and has come from a lode ore body and therefore is considered lode, even if it is in the dry river wash.4. Can the new comer go up on the hillside and work the soil, without crushing anything, and claim that they are capturing the 200 mesh minus gold therefor they have placer mining rights on my lode claim?5. When can free gold in lode mining claim area be considered placer gold?6. Is free gold always considered placer gold?Thank you to all who help me answer these questions.
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    Got the bug reacted to Geowizard in Geology And Geophysics   
    Each new survey shows areas that are mineralized with conductive mineralization.
    At any rate, as new information gets published, prospectors get a fresh look at what is buried beneath the tundra and other forms of surface cover.
    - Geowizard
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    Got the bug reacted to Clay in Global Politics And Large Scale Placer Mining   
    Gold mining, or for that matter any type of mining, has a built in cost of production. Those costs can be affected by management decisions or by rises in the cost of materials, labor or permitting but by and large those costs are built in by the time actual mining begins.
    Suppose the market price of gold is $1,500 per troy ounce. Suppose the miner's cost of production for that delivered Troy ounce is $1,300. If the gold market drops to $1,400 then the miner's profits are cut in half. If the market price is reduced to $1,300 the miner is out of business no matter how rich his strike or how much time or money he has invested.
    When gold prices are rising every dollar of rise in the price is 100% profit for the profitable mine. It looks real good when it's rising but investors get real nervous when it's dropping because they see each dollar lost as coming directly out of their profit. Add in hedging, junior investments and forward sales and it becomes obvious that even the smallest difference in the market price of gold is going to affect mining sentiment directly.
    Considering each major country has gold reserves as part of their financial makeup and those countries have direct control over the interest rates, quantity of currency in circulation and commodities market regulation (including margins) it becomes clear that the price of gold and the resultant profitability of mining are largely controlled by political policy and considerations in each country with a hand in the pie.
    In my opinion the market pricing of gold is almost strictly a political matter and has very little, if anything, to do with actual supply and demand by consumers and users. Betting on anything other than the general price trend for a political commodity is delusional in my experience. There is no "free market" in gold unless you consider a local market among gold producers and users. As anyone who trades in physical gold knows the COMEX paper market does not represent the market for physical gold in hand. Two different animals.
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    Got the bug reacted to Steve Herschbach (Inactive) in Meet Your Moderators   
    And I am honored to be associated with the most respected magazine in the industry. Thank you for the opportunity Scott!
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    Got the bug got a reaction from hawk in New Nugget Detectors (Lack Thereof)   
    Amen to that Steve.
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    Got the bug reacted to Scott Harn - Editor in Meet Your Moderators   
    We are blessed that Chris, Steve, and Dick are helping out as moderators!
    Chris Ralph, Associate Editor, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal
    Chris has been writing for us since 2004, and he took on the role of Associate Editor in 2008. He has experience in small and large scale mining, in both surface and underground operations. Chris has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines. He is an individual prospector who has been prospecting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska for many years, and recently made his first venture into Australia in search of gold. Chris contributes several articles each month, including our "Ask The Experts" column. (View the list of articles Chris has written for the Journal.) He is based in Reno, Nevada.

    Steve Herschbach, Contributing Writer
    Steve has been prospecting, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting for gold since the early 70s. He eventually acquired a large placer and hardrock property at Moore Creek, Alaska and has claims at other locations in the state. Lately his prospecting ventures have expanded to Nevada, California, the UK and Australia. His interests have expanded to include gold, copper, silver, platinum, and even meteorites. Steve co-founded a dealership in 1976 that became one of the largest multi-line suppliers of prospecting and metal detecting equipment in the country. He is a respected writer and teacher, and has authored several articles for the Journal. (View a list of articles Steve has written for the Journal.) Steve is based in Alaska.
    Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal
    Scott is a third-generation Editor/Publisher for the Journal, following his father and grandfather. He took over as Editor/Publisher in 1999, though he has been involved with the Journal since the mid-1970s. Scott is a small-scale miner/dredger who has prospected in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. He authors an article or two each month for the Journal, including the "Legislative and Regulatory Update" column. (View the list of articles Scott has written for the Journal.) Scott is based in Aptos, California.
    Dick Hammond (aka: chickenminer)
    Dick has been a year-round resident of the remote little town of Chicken, Alaska for over 40 years. His entry into mining started as a youngster pulling rocks down a sluicebox for his grandfather, a start that just naturally turned into a career as a commercial placer miner in Alaska's historic Fortymile Mining District.  He has fabricated much of his own mining equipment including trommels and shaker plants.  His interests are varied, including winter prospecting, rockhounding, lapidary and just about all aspects of the placer industry.
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    Got the bug reacted to Steve Herschbach (Inactive) in Best matting riffle combination for fine gold   
    I will never say there are not newer and better options - maybe there are. But if in doubt, use the Clarkson recommendations and you can't go too far wrong. It is solid information, and was considered so important by the State of Alaska in improving gold recovery (and therefore taxes) that all operators in the state were sent a copy.