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Mining Journal Receives Honor

For the 20th consecutive year, ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal was voted “Prospecting Magazine of the Year”...

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Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas


Not too far from the pine-filled mountains, a young boy was exploring along Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, one fine day in 1799. He discovered a beautiful rock that he took home and put to good use as a doorstop. Shortly thereafter, a jeweler stopped by to visit his folks, and as it turned out, the new doorstop was actually a 17-pound gold nugget. That nugget truly did open a door as it marked the beginning of the first gold rush in America.

Indicators and Hillsides


The placer gold shows up in ground sluice areas, hydraulic pits, secondary channels and hillside diggings. It is coming down the hillsides from an ancient channel left high and dry millions of years ago.

Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part I


The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.

The Madonna Nugget


It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.

How Long Does It Take to Find and Recover An Ounce of Gold?


Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.

Dredging Do's and Don'ts


I’d start the day by crawling out of my dome tent, cooking up some Spam and eggs, and heating water for instant coffee on the Coleman stove.

Tips for Detecting Nugget Patches


Certainly many other successful nugget hunters have mentioned these methods; hopefully I can add to or clarify these methods.

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