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Frozen Prospects

There is one rule of thumb when prospecting for gold in Alaska: You’ll find your best pay in southern-sloped exposed ground. This is not to say there’s no gold on northern exposed gulches where the sun has trouble reaching it and limited melting occurs. It’s harder, and more time consuming, to look for easy prospects in northern exposures.

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Mining, Health Care & Taxes


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Successful Detecting Requires Attention to Detail—Part I


So much of gold detecting depends on attention to detail. Every gold area offers its own distinct geological markers and as prospectors we must pick up on those markers.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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Border Silver


There is a sizable area that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border where native silver occurs in shear zones at relatively shallow depths. The district is in the low but rugged Pajarito Mountains, the highest point of which is 5,838 feet at Cerro Ruido, on the Mexican side. The deceptively rough terrain forced the first border surveyors, in 1855, to kill several mules and horses because of their injuries.

Deep Nuggets From The Strange Little Patch


I began detecting at the bottom of the gully and started making my way upstream. About mid-way there was a nice, flat stretch for about ten feet.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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• New Washington State small-scale regulations

The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold


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