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Third Largest Nugget in Existence Returns to Dallas


While the bullion value of the nugget is already substantial, the size and rarity of the Ausrox Nugget combine to make its worth invaluable in the collector market.

Rediscovering Placerville, California


Several areas came to mind, but each was eliminated for one reason or another. One that seemed to be hanging on was the old historic mining town called Placerville.

A New Prospecting Spot


Once indicators start showing up along or below a contact I start to get excited. When I have shale, and outcroppings of diorite with iron-red, gritty soil and some clay thrown in, I really get lightheaded. I may be a mile away from the nearest diggings but that’s okay. I just found a spot that could provide some nice nugget hunting.

Prospecting and Mining Old Mine Sites


In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.

Alaskan Gold Adventure


In Chicken I had my first experience with the famous Alaska blue clay, sometimes called the blue layer. The blue layer is where the best fine gold was to be found.

Return to Chicken, Alaska


I figured it would be quite conservative of me to shoot for about four ounces of gold instead of the twelve ounces I had found in 2013.

The World of the Simple Gold Pan


There are so many, many different types of gold pans on the market that I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the world of the simple gold pan.

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