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I got into some bigger rocks to move out of the hole, and some were so large I could barely get them up and out. The walls were steep, and the current kept pushing in more light gravel from the upstream side. I worked my rear off that day.

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California Water Board Tries to Restrict Dredging


She explained that she didn’t like the numbers that the computer model gave her for this section of river, so she “adjusted the numbers by hand” to more accurately reflect what she thought they should be.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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Gold Refining In The Ancient World


One thing that stood out for me is that Agricola was very specific about the type of metal or wood in the implements and vessels that were to be used.

Volume is the Key to Success


While recovery rates are important, they must necessarily be secondary to the volume of material processed. Running more material at lower recovery rates is generally preferable to increasing the efficiency of the system.

WSGS Releases New Geologic Maps


The Wyoming State Geological Survey announced ten new geologic maps have been completed and are now available.

Cashing In Your Gold: Working With A Refiner


Many miners who have hoarded their gold for years are now tempted by higher prices. Several friends with multiple pound nugget collections have sold them recently for cash.

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