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Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism

Man has always wondered how the Earth was created, and how oceans, mountains, and other features were formed. However, until the last 200 years, most phenomena were explained by means of legends, superstitions, or religion. It is still that way in many parts of the world.

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The historic mining town of Cripple Creek (population 600) is 43 miles, by paved highway, west of Colorado Springs, almost two miles high in the Colorado Rockies.

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Detecting for Gold: A Return to Familiar Ground


I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came  about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.

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Golden Age of Gold Dredges


Over one hundred years ago, gold mining in California saw a radically new method tried out in the major rivers of the Central Valley. Large gold dredges floated lazily but noisily on the waters, bringing up the rich gravel from deep below. With none of today’s environmental restrictions on such methods, the landscape was reworked into a maze of patterns along the rivers.

The Fence


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

Picks & Pans: Winter Prospecting and "Forty Mile" Miller


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