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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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Nice Specimen Gold Recovered in Northern California


Each specimen is carefully examined to determine if it would be beneficial or not to use an acid treatment to reveal more of the gold.

What Happened to The Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit?


We continue to seek out a patented mining property with an owner who is willing to host such an event with a water supply and enough remaining gold to make it worthwhile for the students.

Determining The Optimal Crushing Size for Gravity Recovery


It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.

Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—Safety Is No Accident


Now it was time for the nerve-wracking part of the job: actually removing anything from the hanging wall we deemed to be in need of removal because it was either loose, could be loose, looked loose, or we felt it was just downright dangerous

Dredging Tips From The Golden Rogue


Everyone has a bucket list, and one of my items has always been to dredge and dive in a major river, Oregon’s Rogue, with the opportunity to find some chunky gold.

Small-Scale Concentrating and Recovery Methods


The first step in my recovery process after milling the ore to the desired size is to table it. On this particular ore, I get good results milling it to minus 100 mesh.

The Smell of Gold—Part I


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