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Nuggetshooting Eluvial Placers in the Western United States

The future is still good for anyone wishing to use a metal detector to nuggetshoot residual and hillside eluvial placers. Since these placers are easily overlooked, the key to opening the door marked "success" is the willingness to do research.

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Placer Gold in Idaho


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Mining Expedition at Eagle Rock—Part I


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Ask The Experts: How do I identify gold in hard rock that may be mixed with other metals?


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Picks & Pans: Red Beryl Mining—Beaver County, Utah


The Ruby Violet Mine is a rare red beryl locality that produces the only gem quality material of this type in the world. The mine is located in a topaz rhyolite within a rhyolite flow in the Wah Wah Mountains in Beaver, County, Utah.

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