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California State Panning Championships—Foresthill, CA Heritage Celebration

Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.

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Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion


Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.

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Crystallized Gold Mines of California


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Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft


“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”

The Significance of Nuggets in Placers


Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.

Q&A With Detector Designer Dave Johnson


...it’s been a little known secret that one man was involved in designing many of the most respected very low frequency (VLF) nugget detectors on the market. Dave Johnson has designed gold-oriented detectors for Tesoro, Whites, Fisher and others for more than 25 years.

What is a Valid Mineral Discovery?


One of the greatest opportunities afforded to the citizens of our country is the right to stake and hold mining claims on federal lands. One doesn’t need to be a lawyer to stake mining claims, but a little bit of knowledge about mining claim laws can be helpful.

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