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Plasma

Its own state of matter, apart from gases, solids and liquids with equal amounts of positively and negatively charged particles

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Placer

A deposit containing target minerals such as gold, platinum, diamonds and other gemstone found in loose or loosely compacted soil, sand or gravel

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Pipe

A vertical body of rock formed from lava and debris moving directly upward

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Pseudomorph

A mineral having the external crystal form of one mineral with alternate internal chemistry

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Prove up

The process of establishing economic value of a mineral deposit

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Proven reserves, Measured reserves

Reserved that have calculated based on the assay of closely spaced drill core, used to prove the extent of mineralization and to create a three dimensional image of the deposit

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Proton

An elementary subatomic particle with a single positive electrical charge and mass of approx. 1,847 times an electrons