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Early Winter Detecting in the Sierras

The mine site consists of river gravels from an ancient channel covering over 20 acres, and the place is covered with very large river rock and small tree overgrowth

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The Gold of Plumas de Oro


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How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part II


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A Model Mining Operation


After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.

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