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Pumping Water With Solar Power

Solar energy can be used for any size placer or hard rock mining operation. It is most practical for small and longer-term operations provided your mine is not located in a dense forest.

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California State Panning Championships—Foresthill, CA Heritage Celebration


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A Prospecting Adventure in Mexico


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Hunting for Gold in the Quartzsite Area of Western Arizona


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Bedrock Nugget Hunting: Tools of the Trade


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