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Recovering Fine Gold: Getting the Most from Your Sluice Box

The sluice box is probably the most common gold recovery device after the pan. For centuries, the sluice has been the world’s most popular device for medium to large-scale primary placer gold recovery.

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Frozen Prospects


There is one rule of thumb when prospecting for gold in Alaska: You’ll find your best pay in southern-sloped exposed ground. This is not to say there’s no gold on northern exposed gulches where the sun has trouble reaching it and limited melting occurs. It’s harder, and more time consuming, to look for easy prospects in northern exposures.

Melman on Gold & Silver


While most precious metals observers tend to pay more attention to action in the gold market as opposed to silver, there are times when the white metal can give us particularly sharp price targets going forward.

Four Miners Die in Mine Accidents in Ukraine


Four miners were killed in eastern Ukraine in two separate accidents during one week in May in the country's troubled mines, emergency officials said.

Judge Rules Against Oregon Miners—Battle Continues


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Melman on Gold & Silver


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Reno's 1872 Time Capsule Includes Gold Rush Lore


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Traditional Adversaries Reach Agreement


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