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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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Placer PGMs in Alaska


The state of Alaska is huge, over twice the size of Texas, with most of the population in just a few towns. The northern third of the state is north of the Arctic Circle, and vast regions are only sparsely populated.

California State Gold Panning Championships


The California State Gold Panning Championships are part of the Foresthill Heritage Celebration, which has increased in stature a lot this year. The addition and growth of the annual California State Lumberjack Championships to...

Australian Prospector Detects 150-Ounce Nugget


We’ll call this prospector “Bill.” Bill found the nuggets pictured in a gully in Victoria’s Golden Triangle, where everyone had been detecting for more than twenty-five years. Many good nuggets were found in this gully over the years, and whenever...

Hidden Features in Venezuela


Venezuela is considerably larger than the state of Texas and is located on the north coast of South America. The capital city of Caracas (pop. 4 million) is some 2,135 miles south of New York City. Most of the population is in the northern half of the nation, with paved highways connecting the principal cities and towns. The Orinoco River flows through the southern and central parts of the country, and much of the travel into the interior is along that river and its tributaries.

Company Notes


• Pan American Silver Corp.
• Mountain Province Mining Inc.
• Canyon Resources Corp.

Desert Drywashing


I thought I’d try something totally different—a large area of small material tailings. After about an hour of digging and test panning we both had more gold than all the other digs combined.

Champions Crowned at the California State Gold Panning Championships


By the end of the day Sunday there were a lot of tired panners! By then they could have panned more than 10 times to continue to advance. This was not a picnic!

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