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Proper Spacing of Placer Sample Sites


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The PIGMI—a DIY Crevice Tool


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Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits


Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.

Excavator Testing Wet Placer Ground


The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.

Successful Rally for Suction Dredge Miners in Idaho


Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.

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