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California State and US National Panning Championships


Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.

Detecting A Trashy Area


Some prospectors would have assumed it was another shotgun shell, but in this case it was 17.6-pennyweight nugget!

Sampling for Success—Part II


The first and most important thing of the sampling process is to try to be as unbiased as possible. There is a natural tendency to select rock that looks the best—even unconsciously.

Pot Hole Gold


It was early in the 2008 season on the Mokelumne River near Pine Grove, California. Considering the potential for high water through the month of June, my wife Fran and I set our sights on investigating some of the pot holes in...

WWII Vet & Prospector Still Going Strong


Lately I’ve been having success utilizing two types of detectors in succession. The first is a pulse induction (PI) detector with a blanket-style antennae, and I follow it up with a very low frequency (VLF) detector.

Detecting in the Outback


I have always enjoyed finding things. As a kid and up through college I searched for arrowheads, rocks and fossils. One day I saw an ad for a metal detector in a magazine, and a week later I was digging up everyone’s yard...

Indicators and Hillsides


The placer gold shows up in ground sluice areas, hydraulic pits, secondary channels and hillside diggings. It is coming down the hillsides from an ancient channel left high and dry millions of years ago.

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