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Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits

Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.

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Recent Prospecting in Plumas County


Plumas has been historically rich in gold because of its favorable geology. The Melones Fault trends north-south through the county and many rich gold-bearing districts lie along its course.

California: The Land of Big Nuggets—Part I


The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.

Nome Offshore Dredging Creates Challenges


The Alaska state government has been trying to keep up with and maybe even stay on top of the situation by studying the problems associated with rapid growth and how to solve them.

Twenty-Five Gold Indicators You Should Know


I frequently get asked, "What should I look for when I am out prospecting that will tell me there are good amounts of gold present in the ground?"

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Prospecting and Mining Old Mine Sites


In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.

Silverton's Gold


Within this area, about two million ounces of gold and fifty million ounces of silver have been mined. Faults, dikes, veins and fissures that carry the ore form a concentric radial pattern—like spokes on a wagon wheel—around the caldera core.

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