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Placer Testing with Large Samples

Of all the difficult gold placer sites to evaluate, none can compare with trying to dig to bedrock through twenty or thirty feet of soaked overburden through which water is slowly seeping downgrade.

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Hands & Pans on the South Yuba River


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Finding Gold With Copper and Turquoise


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Ask The Experts—What Should I Do Next With This Quartz Vein?


5-foot quartz vein.I don’t know what to do next. Should I get an assay of the quartz? Can you recommend someone? Should I somehow crush the rock & search for a gold vein? Am I just wasting my time?

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