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Detecting at Old Hydraulic Mines

I finally got out recently for my first full, long weekend prospecting trip of the year. Normally I would have been out much sooner, but we had a real late spring in the Sierra Nevada this year with lots of late rain and snow continuing through all...

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Gold Rush in the Congo


It all started with a phone call from my friend and prospecting partner Pat Keene. He told me that he knew of an investor who was just starting out in the gold industry and was looking for a gold consultant to go to Africa to prospect and analyze a 400 sq. mile concession in the middle of the Congo rainforest. I waited for the “just kidding” line...

A Break in the Weather


Back at the entry point of the mine, we took turns slowly crawling down the slope leading into the mine portal with our metal detectors, hard hats and flashlights. The mine was hand dug and is about 75 yards long.

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Winter Dredging


The Christmas and New Year holidays were over and thoughts were slowly returning to normal after the hectic holiday pace both at work and home. As the festivities died away, an old familiar urge began growing...

Picks & Pans: The Perfect Paystreak


I have never heard how Browns Creek got its name but this pristine Northern California stream, which splashes its way from Deer Lick Springs on the Shasta County line to the Trinity River below Junction City, could easily have been called...

Ask The Experts: Can a long range locator probe detect gold in quartz?


Q: I was wondering how such a device could locate a rich gold vein in quartz, for example, since a metal like gold is non-magnetic.

Melman on Gold & Silver


...the much more important question is this: does this short-term strong rally necessarily portent a genuine turnaround from the metals share bear market that has been ongoing since mid-2011? For a possible answer, we turn to the long-term, five-year XAU chart.

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