A Working Arrastra
April 2004 by Dr. Ralph E. PrayIf everything you see, the men, the animals, the crude mechanism that grinds gold from rock, everything around you, looks to be from centuries ago, if the mysterious sound you hear is pure history and the smell around you is primitive, if the earth beneath your feet quivers with untold strangeness; and, the taste in your mouth sweeps time out of mind then, if all of this happens at once, if every one of your five senses has taken you into the past, then you’ve traveled back in time.
Nearly a century after the luxury liner RMS Republic sank off Nantucket, treasure hunters are still battling over the ship’s cargo, which some believe includes gold coins now worth more than $1 billion.
• Forest Service proposes further changes to mining regs
• Preble’s mouse resurrected
History may not exactly repeat itself, but we have once again been receiving a double-dose of headlines regarding gold for the second straight month as the yellow metal has soared to yet another series of records,
• Inspectors inspect inspector general?
• Mishandling of funds in Iraq
• Has anyone seen my keys?
Sampling gold placers can be rewarding, but remember to treat the samples so you are not high grading or low grading your results. Learn the rules and apply them so your samples are accurate.
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• Judge rules on Oregon coho salmon
• Norton joins fight against environmentalist lies...
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