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NASCAR Driver Turns Prospector

When he’s not searching for improvements on the track, the affable driver is prospecting for gold across the United States.

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Prospecting for Commercial-Scale Gold Deposits


While most individual prospectors out there are searching for placer gold, there is a different type of prospecting being done by a handful of individuals—the search for commercially viable large-scale gold and silver deposits.

Federal Court to Address Dredge Permits—The Tulloch Rule


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The Boludo Placers, Sonora


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Gold Prospecting on the East Fork River, Alaska (Part III—Conclusion)


In this trip, Riley came along with Jay, and Harold came down later. We brought a six-inch dredge down to the creek. We had hoped to use it, but we didn’t.

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