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How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System

This new map-based tool is far superior to the old version with lots of potential layers and information that a prospector can use in research.

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Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine


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

Green Valley's Fine Gold Patch


Once across, I panned a couple of spots around some old grass roots and the fine gold was amazingly heavy. Every pan I ran after that had lots of color.

The Significance of Nuggets in Placers


Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.

Another Prospecting Adventure: Coulterville


What also helped keep Coulterville alive was the fact that the town itself happened to be sitting on top of one of the richest veins in the Mother Lode. The ledge itself was three hundred feet wide.

Drywashing for Desert Gold—Part I


If you have a bad case of gold fever like me, then it’s nice to know that you can get some of that pretty yellow metal almost any time of the year, wet or dry.

Cherry-Picking for Gold Nuggets


We have a location where nuggets over an ounce have been detected over the past twenty years. This location is a small hilltop on which an ancient river channel once flowed.

Watch Out for Split Estates When Filing Your Claim


The only thing that saved me was talking to a local miner who gave me a “heads up” that private individuals owned all the mineral rights in that section.

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