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Dealing With Hot Rocks and Mineralization

What about all that noise coming from the ground? What is a prospector supposed to do about that?

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Exploring The Historic Rand Mining District, Southern California


My largest nugget from this area is almost one-half ounce. I’ve found several smaller chunks and many pickers in addition to the fines and flakes that I put in my poke.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Disappearing Nuggets


Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.

WWII Vet & Prospector Still Going Strong


Lately I’ve been having success utilizing two types of detectors in succession. The first is a pulse induction (PI) detector with a blanket-style antennae, and I follow it up with a very low frequency (VLF) detector.

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Drywashing for Desert Gold—Part II


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