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One of the Richest Beaches Ever Mined

Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.

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A Test Grid Dredged for Gold Values


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Gold in Tertiary Gravels


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Crushing Quartz in Calaveras County: A Placer Miner Learns New Tricks


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Underwater Reclamation


Working underwater certainly has its challenges, but since I wanted to learn how to blast underwater, I just  needed to dive in headfirst and take charge of the operation.

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Ancestral Yuba River Placer Gold Deposits


The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits. 

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