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How Long Does It Take to Find and Recover An Ounce of Gold?

Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.

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There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.

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There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.

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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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Solar energy can be used for any size placer or hard rock mining operation. It is most practical for small and longer-term operations provided your mine is not located in a dense forest.

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I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.

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His eyes were gleaming and he was smiling as he dropped his first piece of gold into my hand. It was a small, earring-size nugget, and he had found it almost immediately.

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