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Underground in the Original 16-1 Mine


These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.

Metal Detector Testing Methods


It will not be any easier than on your table at home, and so testing a very small test target like the ballpoint pen can tell you immediately if a detector is suitable for looking for tiny gold nuggets.

Determining the Amount of Gold in Rich Ores


This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.

Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine


There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.

Memories of Shirttail Creek, Northern California


…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.

Papa's Got A Brand New Dredge!


It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.

What, Where and How for the New Prospector


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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