Underground Mining Terminology When you get involved in the mining community, it’s best to know the mining terms you will be seeing on a regular basis. This will save a lot of frustration and you’ll be able to properly communicate with your fellow mining enthusiasts. Here is a list of some of the more commonly used mining terms and definitions when talking about underground hard rock mines. Underground mi
When prospecting out in the desert it is always a good idea to know what kind of snakes you might expect to see. It’s even better to know what to do when you see them up close. In the America’s there are over 42 species and subspecies of rattlesnake with 16 of them call the USA home. Every state except for Alaska, Maine and Hawaii have a venomous snake of some kind. Do you know where rattlesnakes are mo
For the seasoned prospector reading topo maps is second nature, but for the beginner it may not be so easy. There are subtle things on a topo map that even an intermediate user may not fully understand or may not have even noticed before. Today we will cover the basics, but also get into some of the more fun technical details and tricks. First lets look at a few different common map sizes used by prospectors.
One of the most important tools for the modern prospector is a reliable GPS. Whether you are staking claims or marking a sample location, chances are you are using a GPS almost everyday in the field. Gone are the days of pacing out claim boundaries or making rough guesses based off terrain. In today’s digital world GPS coordinates reign supreme and having quick access to this data is key to success. Different G
We have all heard it before when talking about abandoned mines; “STAY OUT STAY ALIVE”. We are constantly told that mines are “death traps” and if we enter we will surely meet our end. Is that approach really necessary? For the inexperienced weekend warrior lacking safety gear this caution is warranted, but for the safety conscious prospector we think not. Yes, mines CAN be dangerous, but with a few simpl
When prospecting or mining one of the most basic distinctions is between placer and lode claims. The type of staking and filling, methods employed in mining, and rights protected vary greatly between the two. While it may seem fairly straightforward there are still many rumors and misunderstandings when dealing with both of these claim types. First lets dispel a couple of rumors and then we will look at the definiti
For the new prospector sometimes nothing can be more frustrating than digging through government databases to determine if that rich area you have discovered is available to be claimed. Once you get the hang of it though, and with a simple guide like this one, you will be on your way in no time and may even enjoy doing this type of research. The BLM LR2000 database is the best way to search for active mining claims o
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