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Humble Beginnings

Right away I got a target, and it ended up being gold from a nice little bench. With only an hour left of daylight, I continued heading upstream and found five more tiny pieces of gold with my VLF…

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Getting Started


He excitedly told me he was going mining and wanted to know where he should go, how to do it, and so on. After he calmed down, I got excited. “I need to go!” was my response.

The Mole


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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

Using Structural Clues to Locate Buried Placer Channels


They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.

Small-Scale Processing of Hard Rock Ores


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The Birthday Nugget Patch


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