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The Significance of Nuggets in Placers


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A Model Mining Operation


After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.

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.

Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska—Part II


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Shaker Tables for Processing Hard Rock Ores


Most placer equipment is really made with gold in the 30 and larger mesh sizes in mind, though if carefully used can often get reasonable recovery down to the 50 mesh size.

Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels


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