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Drywashing for Eluvial Gold in the Desert—Using a Portable Drywasher and Hand Tools

Often the gold being recovered by drywashing is too fine to be recovered by metal detecting. For every “detectable” nugget found, there could be hundreds of smaller flakes of non-detectable size. Thus, for those that “read the ground,” and snipe for areas of favorable placer concentration, drywashing will continue to be both an inexpensive...

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Ask The Experts: How do I identify gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals?


Q: Aside from the softness scratch test and other methods of identification, what feedback would you have on identifying gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals that affect its color?

Gold Miners Hunker Down Amid Financial Storm


North American mining companies are hunkering down to ride out a global economic slowdown; looking to rein in spending and perhaps delay some projects and exploration.

Prospecting in Tennessee


As soon as I learned that there was gold in Tennessee I just had to go find some.

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US v. Donald Eno—IBLA Rules in Favor of Miner


Don Eno, a long-time member and supporter of Public Lands for the People, won his case in front of the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), defeating the Forest Service’s attempt to prevent him from mining on his placer claim.

Mojave Desert Placer Mining


Several locations in the Mojave Desert region of California have yielded placer gold, apparently scattered from nearby lode deposits that have long-since eroded from existence. Some of the areas are still popular with weekend prospectors, and some have been worked on a much larger scale in recent years.

Using Mineral Deposit Models


Mineral deposit models have been used in mineral exploration for thousands of years. They were obviously not called models as we use the term today, but the idea of accumulating data to predict mineral deposits is the same. Models can be valuable tools in mineral exploration and assessment and are routinely used by major mining companies in locating and evaluating mineral deposits.

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