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Looking for that Hidden Placer


I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.

All About Quartz—Part II


In our May 2013 issue, we took a look at the mineral quartz, a mineral very commonly associated with gold. However, gold is not the only reason prospectors are interested in quartz. Quartz can also be very valuable as a gemstone

Revisiting the Rocker Box


The first location we worked was a small, dry ravine cutting through many mineralized zones in an area where some hard rock mining had taken place in the past.

Gold Too Big to Carry


There is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.

Fountain of Youth Gold


Across and downstream of our operation was a large pile of huge boulders. It was logical to think that water forces may have deposited gold in and around these boulders. We moved our dredge over and started pulling the rock pile apart.

This is Why You Check Your Tailings


The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...

A Few Tips and Tricks for Beach Mining


When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."

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