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Introduction to Meteorites

The distribution of meteorites across the planet was, at one time, thought to be random and unpredictable.

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Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion


Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.

Persistence Leads to Over a Pound of Gold


I have figured out over the years that the winning combination is hard work, persistence, knowledge, and a little luck. This leads me to describe one of my best finds ever, a “honey hole” of placer gold, if you will.

Some Tips and Tricks for Dredgers: Determining Pulley Size and Belt Length


If Epd is larger, then the compressor will be spinning faster than the manufacturer’s maximum specified RPM and might destroy itself. If this happens, then the compressor again might not produce enough air to support a diver. Neither is a desired outcome.

Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


With the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.

Finding Streams of Gold


Without knowing or even thinking about it, I had put together a map that showed me a pattern of the ancient Sacramento River channel. I also had a distinct picture of where the ancient channels of several other creeks and rivers were running.

Reading A River: Understanding Erosion and Gold


Rivers are not just random and accidental; streams and other drainages are what they are because of the forces of erosion acting on the bedrock.

Detecting Alone -- What to Look For


I figure there are a lot of new people out there who have the same question. I will try to give some answers that hopefully will give you more confidence in finding your own spots.

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