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Papa's Got A Brand New Dredge!

It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.

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All About Garnets


I get a lot of questions from prospectors about garnets, their value and what they tell us about the geology of some types of mineral deposits. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at the lowly garnet and learn a bit more about it.

Attention to Detail - Part II


Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.

Gold Detecting Strategies for Hydraulic Mines and Debris Flows


The old timers typically washed these areas down to bedrock, and some areas appear terraced. I would imagine this is because these hydraulic mines were generally where the miners found old Tertiary river channels on the sides of mountains that were gold-bearing.

Who Says You Have to Own a Claim to Find Gold?


Most of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.

Back to Basics--Finding Gold With a Pan and a Sluice


Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!

Coprolite—A Prospector's Tale


Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.

Prospecting for Surface Flood Gold Placers on Low and Intermediate Gradient Streams


Sample panning is a very important method used to find the richest parts of a flood gold deposit before setting up equipment and running material.

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