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Fields of Gold

Imagine being able to get gold from plants. This phenomenon is called phytomining. But it’s not as easy, or as profitable, as it sounds. You may have heard of phytoremediation—the process of extracting metal contaminants from soil.

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Ask The Experts: Will this detector work for me?


Q: I live near the Gold Basin area of Arizona. What detector will go deep and be easier to use for small gold? I need some help.

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