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Guinea Africa: Gold, Ebola, and A Monkey Barbecue

Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.

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Back to Basics--Finding Gold With a Pan and a Sluice


Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!

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Due to the lockdown, I spent lots of time indoors this spring and I decided to add a drone as a faithful mate in my research.

Mother Lode Leaf Gold


After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.

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After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.

Our Old Friend, Mr. Crashbox


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The Mystery of the Grand Summit Mine


I didn’t follow-up on this opportunity at that time, as I already had as much on my plate as I could handle, but the potential for this property has never left my mind.

The Summer of ‘81


When it was all setup and running, you had everything coming off the dredge riffles into the boil box. At the hole section, some of the water got sucked down and pulled a lot of black sand and over heavies…

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