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Dry Washer, Wet System or Metal Detector?

I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.

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Prospecting Australia—Part III Anatomy of a Nugget Patch in Western Australia


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Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.

Selenium, Mercury and Suction Dredging—Studies Contradict CA State Water Resources Board


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