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Mining Restrictions Lifted in Southwest Alaska

Mining restrictions will be lifted on about 1 million acres of federal land in southwest Alaska, officials have announced.

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Explorers to Salvage Gold-Laden Ship


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Tools of the Modern Prospector: The GPS


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Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging


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Picks & Pans: Gold Mining on Joie Osgood Ranch


Butte County, California—On January 29, 1978, Peter and I received permission from Joie Osgood to pan and look for gold on her property. The 3800 acre property was located about four miles northeast of Honcut, Butte County, California.

PLP Files Lawsuit to Lift Ban on Suction Dredging


“The goal is to get the rights of suction gold dredgers restored prior to the next dredging season,” stated PLP president Jerry Hobbs.

Rare Silver Nuggets And Their Origins


Silver nuggets have been described as “ultra-rare,” “prized” and “unique.” Naturally occurring silver nuggets are rare enough to suggest caution when purchasing. Fakes have reportedly been produced and misrepresented for sale as genuine specimens.

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