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September 2014 by Chris Ralph• Using drywashers to work desert gravels
The story began in a southern Arizona mountain range...
So let’s dive in and see what I can do to convince you that this is the year you should be out staking your own claims.
Some of these events can cause half of an entire mountain to plummet down into a gorge or canyon, damming up a stream system and causing a flood when the earthen dam finally breaks from the water backing up behind it.
Plumas has been historically rich in gold because of its favorable geology. The Melones Fault trends north-south through the county and many rich gold-bearing districts lie along its course.
I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
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