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Prospecting with a VLF-Type Gold Detector

Although I found my first detected nugget on a hard rock mine dump using an early VLF/TR coin hunter, it was by “following the dry washers” and detecting old tailing piles that I soon packed a metal 35mm canister with small sub-grain to...

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Sam, the Tenderfoot Prospector


There were many thousands of tenderfoot, greenhorn prospectors that came out west in the 1860s and 70s. Some came to make their fortunes; some came to flee other problems back east; and some just came for the adventure. Probably every one had a tale to tell, but one of these adventurous individuals was a young man named Sam, and this is his true story.

A Hairsbreadth from Death


Few countries in the world can claim as lengthy a mining legacy as the Cornish of southwest England. Cornwall, a county situated at the farthest tip of the country at the edge of the Atlantic ocean, has been mined for tin deposits since the Bronze Age, 2100-1500 BC.

Natural Gold Alloys


Natural gold is never 100% pure; all natural nuggets contain at least some impurities. We're going to take a look at just what some of those impurities might be.

Gold Rush in the Congo


It all started with a phone call from my friend and prospecting partner Pat Keene. He told me that he knew of an investor who was just starting out in the gold industry and was looking for a gold consultant to go to Africa to prospect and analyze a 400 sq. mile concession in the middle of the Congo rainforest. I waited for the “just kidding” line...

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