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Divide and Conquer—Detecting Old Placer Grounds with Friends

He no sooner had turned around and started moving when I hollered again that I had another nice one.

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Gold Indicators—What to Look for in the Goldfields


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Prospecting Australia—Part II: There and Back Again


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A Successful Trip Through Gold Basin


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Sierra County Gold—Part I


...this county contained some of the richest placer ground found in all of California and still produces some pretty impressive finds to this day.

Tips on Crevicing for Gold


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