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The 15 rare earth elements were discovered long after the gold rush began to wane, but demand for them only took off over the past 10 years...

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The Subsurface Suction Dredge


The problems of the submersible dredge tube are addressed by the subsurface dredge, where the enclosed sluice recovery tube is suspended from a flotation assembly...

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Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.

Making Adjustments to Catch Fine Gold


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

Bedrock Gold: When It’s There and When It Isn’t


Has your experience ever led you to wonder why some gold is deposited on bedrock and in crevices, while other gold is not? We’re going take a deeper look at this and see what we can figure it out.

California Sniping


I opted for the underwater portion of the river. All I have to do is float down the river and pick large flakes and small nuggets out of cracks and crevices while staying cool in the summer heat.

The Potholes—California’s Oldest Known Mining District


Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).

Successful Detecting Requires Attention to Detail—Part I


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