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Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist

Luis Vega is a Wilderness Columnist for the Kingman Miner. If you have comments or want to share experiences, write him at

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While four-wheeling with friends in an area where early prospectors had found placer gold, I was asked if it was legal for us to do some panning.

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What’s the most common mineral? The most common element on earth is oxygen but oxygen is not a mineral.

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In geology, as in life, it’s useful to know the sequence of events to keep things in order; what happened first, is this older than that, was I watching episode 5 or 8 of Longmire?

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My daughter is enthralled with the red rocks found around St. George, Utah and Sedona.

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Mark Twain is credited to have said “a gold mine is a hole in the ground with a liar standing on top.” In my experience, this isn’t that far from the truth.

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Sitting on my back patio, I was lamenting the cracks in the concrete when it dawned on me that there are very few rocks on earth that I’ve seen that don’t have cracks or fractures of one kind or another.

By Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist February 20, 2021
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What makes a mine profitable? It’s not having gold or copper or even diamonds; it’s having them in quantities that can be sold at a profit.

By Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist February 6, 2021
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Water is subject to the relentless force of gravity. Unless there’s something that gets in its way, water runs downhill.

By Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist January 23, 2021
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The earth is constantly shifting and moving, slowly but relentlessly.

By Luis Vega, Wilderness Columnist January 9, 2021

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