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It's Hard to Find Gold!

...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.

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Finding Streams of Gold


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PLP Update


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Fault Zones and Prospects


As we walked back we were just reaching the point of where the faulting should be and there, covered with deep grass, was very faint evidence of an old road going up the mountainside! What was that old road doing there?

Detecting Canyon Bedrock in The Sierras


My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.

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Prospecting for Diamonds


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