Picks & Pans: Highbanking on the American River
July 2003 by Guest WriterSteve and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork doing a little highbanking, or motor sluicing as the liberals would call it.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
On December 4, 1998, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (WDFW) adopted what has to be one of the most repressive and restrictive compilations of small-scale gold prospecting and mining rules in the country.
These are entry-level machines designed with gold prospecting in mind and with the ability to handle mineralized ground and see nuggets of a grain or so in size, perhaps smaller.
For more than 40 years, iron ore prices have been decided by private negotiations conducted between the largest of the iron miners and the largest steel producers. These two sides dominate both the spot and contract iron ore markets.
It is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.
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