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I Was Looking for Gold But I Found Jade

Excited for this first notable evidence, I returned to that riverbed, looking for another paystreak and obviously more jade.

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Hard Rock 101: Micro Blasting


Micro blasting can be used to take down hanging rock, separate minerals from overburden, and collect gemstones and other high-value product with minimal damage.

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All About Quartz—Part II


In our May 2013 issue, we took a look at the mineral quartz, a mineral very commonly associated with gold. However, gold is not the only reason prospectors are interested in quartz. Quartz can also be very valuable as a gemstone

Hard Rock 101: Breaking Rock—Part I


What do you do when you’ve located a promising deposit of gold or gemstones, but it’s trapped in solid rock?

Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend


While sitting there, I wondered if I should go over the hole again. I did and got a louder signal that turned out being about another twelve inches deep.

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.

Strategies for Detecting Heavily Pounded Areas—Part III


This helps me to see if there is a pattern taking place with where I am finding nuggets, and when I study the map layer with all of my pins marking nuggets, I can drop in new pins where I want to search the next day.

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