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Nevada Miners: Check Your Claim Markers

The Nevada Senate introduced SB108 in 2009 to prohibit PVC piping utilized by miners to stake mining claims.

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Prospecting for Surface Flood Gold Placers on Low and Intermediate Gradient Streams


Sample panning is a very important method used to find the richest parts of a flood gold deposit before setting up equipment and running material.

A Return to Silver City, Idaho


...we were able to pull out close to another 3+ ounces of small, angular Silver City gold. This also included several more small nuggets, pieces of wire gold and some quartz-gold pieces—not bad for 4 days with a small sluice.

Attention to Detail - Part II


Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.

The Reason We Fight


Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.

Prospecting for Diamonds


Let’s take a look at diamonds and diamond mining and see how they form, how they are used beyond just jewelry, and what leads geologists to find diamond deposits.

Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits


There are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.

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