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A Great Day On The Feather River

Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.

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Scams, Scammers and Schemes


Gold mining has received many black eyes from many scams, scammers and schemes throughout the years. Unscrupulous scammers have swindled naive people for millions of dollars in the past and will, no doubt, continue into the future.

An Interview with Minelab Engineer Mark Lawrie


The design of metal detectors well-suited for prospecting is an interesting process and not necessarily an easy one to achieve. It is a combination that blends the desires of what prospectors would like, the requirements of sales people and dealers, with the science and physics of what the electronics can achieve.

Tracing Gold To Its Source


In this article I am going to talk about the different sources of gold and the clues a prospector can follow to find the source.

Detectors: Past, Present and Future


Detectors were invented long before I was born, but it was in the 1960s when they started to become an item popular enough to power a fledgling industry. The key development was miniature transistor technology replacing the old fashioned tube technology of the 1950s, making lightweight, affordable detectors possible.

Becoming a Successful Detectorist


During my adventures I’ve learned a few key best practices that help me to consistently find gold nuggets with my detectors. You can apply many of these best practices to any type of prospecting. These best practices are really common sense; however, they are easy to neglect.

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The Perfect Summer


Within the first 3 hours he and I had found pocket after pocket of gold and couldn't wait to tell Levi of our treasure.

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