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Picks & Pans: Dredging Costa Rica

My interest in gold mining began with a few friends who, knowing that I was a chemist by trade (never mind that I am a biochemist), interrogated me every day at the gringo coffee shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Utah's Crescent Creek Placers


The Crescent Creek placers are considered to be one of Utah's few commercial grade placers, but they are marginal and difficult to work at a profit.

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The Art of Finding Coarse Gold—Part III


In the first part of this article, we took a look at the special geology required to form coarse gold. In the second part, we looked at field examples of coarse gold occurrences and the geology of residual placers.

Liberty and the Phoenix Mine


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Gold Too Big to Carry


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