THIRD QUARTER, AUGUST 2012 VOLUME 26, NUMBER 8
I recently teamed up with Discovery Network and four other specialists to participate in an adventure-packed expedition to locate the famous Golconda diamond mines of India. Lost for maybe 250 years, the world’s most famous diamonds originated from these very same mines, including the Hope Diamond.
The (very) challenging project forced our team to overcome a myriad of obstacles, including extreme weather, treacherous locations on land and in water, venomous snakes, crocodiles and language barriers, all within a culture that is rife with superstition and an unshakeable belief that anyone who attempts to find the lost mines would be cursed.
We constructed and shipped a very special suction dredge to India from Happy Camp, California to support this project. While you will have to watch the show to see how it all plays out, I believe you will be pleased with the expanded exposure to suction dredging as a means to uncover fortune and economic opportunities.
The full reality show was originally scheduled to begin on 24 August. But Animal Planet decided to push the show back to early 2013. Here is their press release which introduces the show and the cast members. Fellow cast member, Steve Newbery, has posted summaries for each of the initial five episodes right here.
I personally believe a big part of moving the legal and political realities more in our favor is to increase awareness broadly about what we do. Surveys show that most people like the idea of being able to go out and discover fun and fortune. The Discovery specials on suction dredging in Alaska are also helping a lot with this.
It is with this in mind that I have devoted a big portion of this last year pulling my very best prospecting stories together in a new adventure book titled, “Extreme Prospector.” This is now available on Amazon as an ebook for half price at $9.95. Conventional printed books will be available in November.
2012 Annual Dues Billed This Month
We bill $50 for annual dues to all Full Members in August. This is because most of the costs, especially property taxes, associated with maintaining our extensive mining properties come due before September. The Bureau of Land Management just substantially increased annual filing fees to hold mining properties. So we thank you for your support on this!
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