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Mass Wasting & Gold Deposits

Not all of these slides and debris flows will produce results, but if you search for these while prospecting in your gold producing areas, then you can increase your odds of finding new gold.

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Using Geologic Publications to Discover Collecting Sites


I understand that a person without geological knowledge could be daunted reading a geological publication. You can pick out the good stuff from a geological publication without a lot of geological knowledge.

Green Valley Reconnaissance


During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.

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