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A Trip Down the Yukon River

My girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...

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Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.

Mining Pegmatite Deposits


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Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft


“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”

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