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Basic Drywashing Principles

Within the arid desert regions of the American Southwest and Western Australia, drywashers have proven to be a simple and inexpensive method for concentrating placer gold. Drywashers are not limited to desert operations...

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New Prospecting Guides Available Online


Every year prospectors and rock hounds search Wyoming for gold, gemstones and other attractive rocks and minerals; the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has now made this hunt easier.

The Business of Mines—Consider Your Tax Deductions Now


Uncle Sam, the not-so-silent partner of every miner, dredger and prospector is willing, using our tax laws, to help reduce out-of-pocket expenditures necessary to acquire business assets and property. In addition to the well-known depreciation deduction, however, the tax laws permit tax write-offs for other, less tangible business assets. The best time to explore and lock-in many of these overlooked and misunderstood deductions is now, well before the end of the tax year.

The Fence


When I dropped the boulder into my son’s hand everyone spoke a single word in unison, “Wow!”

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction dredging trial resumes
• USFS tries unique method to restrict gold dredging in Idaho
• Defiant dredgers tell State of Oregon to “drop dead”

East Coast Dredger Heads West - Part II


Gold from suction dredging on the North Fork of the Salmon River, California.I wandered back across the river, wading through the rapids and slipping at least three more times. I couldn’t believe how slick these rocks were! Once on the other side, I sat down for a few moments to review my plan of attack and lick my wounds.

A Few Thoughts About Successful Nugget Hunting


...I got the faintest of rises in the threshold. It was hardly a signal at all, and I thought it was one of the many, deep, hot rocks in the area.

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