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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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Making Adjustments to Catch Fine Gold


This fine gold that is so common is probably the most notorious for eluding our riffles and mattings.

Twenty Minutes on a Five-inch Dredge


The first thing I realized was this was not a toy—this thing had power and I needed to really pay attention. I got into position, took a deep breath, and pushed that monster into the hard pack.

A Few Pointers About Cracks and Crevices


Because these crevices catch and hold gold so well, it's worthwhile to learn how they form, which ones are good for catching gold and which ones are not.

Finding Streams of Gold


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The Coolgardie Gold Mining Camp of Southern California


The area was mined intermittently from around 1900 to 1915, but was also mined in the late 1800s, with a total output valued at about $100,000, which is around $9.5 million at the current gold price.

Detecting Strategies for Heavily Forested Areas—Part II


Patience and persistence is the name of the game when you are detecting this way for gold, as you will have to do a lot of work preparing the ground to detect with any degree of success.

Late Fall Drywashing


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