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Prospecting for Gold in Baja California

It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.

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Rediscovering Placerville, California


Several areas came to mind, but each was eliminated for one reason or another. One that seemed to be hanging on was the old historic mining town called Placerville.

Highbanking for Gold


Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.

A Trip Down the Yukon River


My girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...

Extracting & Smelting Your Gold


Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.

Where to Find Gold in Indiana—Part II


Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.

Common Mistakes of the New Detectorist


Detecting is not very complicated and the rewards can be tremendous. The difference between success and fruitless toiling can be remedied by a few small adjustments and a whole lot of perseverance.

Fine Gold Panning Without Using Mercury


The technique I will describe is a much safer alternative and it works. It’s a fine-gold panning technique that eliminates the need for mercury amalgamation of most placer samples.

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