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High Country Dredging in Kaufman Creek, Colorado

I opened the front door of my house at 5:00 AM to find it raining hard and water standing in puddles all over the driveway. Just great! It hadn’t rained for 3 weeks, and on the morning we were leaving for a weekend dredging trip, the weather decided to change.

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• Judge puts brakes on the EPA in Alaska
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Silver at Calico, California


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The method is based on the fact that gold is much denser than quartz, and the more gold that is present in a specimen, the higher the density of the piece will be as a whole.

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