Judge Rules Against Oregon Miner
December 2009 by Associated PressA federal judge convicted Oregon miner Clifford Tracy of illegal mining while digging for gold on US Forest Service land.
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GPS provides the prospector a precise way of knowing just where something (like a mine) is located. There are many thousands of lost mine stories—some real, and some made up. The use of a GPS could well have made the difference to accurately record their location.
When you approach a location, even if you've been there before, you should consider all the factors and conditions present at the site. This includes both natural and man-made factors.
You might think that gold prospecting techniques are basically the same everywhere, and in many instances you’d be correct. Some geographical locations, however, due to their unique geological conditions, present unusual challenges...
Having made nearly forty trips into this region over the years, the area has a tendency to draw the individual into its unique winding roads, which were once mining trails, where the creeks and rivers run to and fro across its twisted topography.
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By employing this technique, one can use a larger sample size without having to resort to large crucibles and massive amounts of flux.
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