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Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part I Recognizing and Understanding Minerals

Many individual prospectors would like to know a little more about the geology of gold deposits. There is no doubt that in the final analysis, no matter how well you operate your equipment, unless you can find the places where gold is...

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