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Exploring Placers with Auger Drills


Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.

Conductive Minerals and Your Metal Detector


...most prospectors don't even think about the conductivity of minerals, but there are some that do conduct electricity to a certain degree, so metal detectors will respond to them.

The Significance of Nuggets in Placers


Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.

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


I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.

Gold Rush in the Congo


It all started with a phone call from my friend and prospecting partner Pat Keene. He told me that he knew of an investor who was just starting out in the gold industry and was looking for a gold consultant to go to Africa to prospect and analyze a 400 sq. mile concession in the middle of the Congo rainforest. I waited for the “just kidding” line...

The Smell of Gold—Part I


Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.

Gold Dredging on Oregon's South Umpqua


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