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Solar-Powered Placer Sampling Equipment

One hundred and seven years ago the world’s first electric-powered bucket line dredge started to work in Montana. This summer, Montana likely saw its first solar-powered Denver Gold Saver put to work.

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USFS Chief in Nevada


USFS Chief Michael Dombeck held 2 invitation only meetings in February in Elko and Reno. Nye County commission chairman Dick Carver was present at the Reno meeting, along with Bob Hadfield, executive director of the Nevada Association of Counties, and John Fallon of the Cattlemen's Association.

Placer & Lode Gold Deposits


Even though there are many varieties of gold deposits, prospectors often refer to two general types: placer and lode. Some lode examples include...

A Gold Detector Sitting in a Closet Only Finds Dust—More Detector Tips


The diverse minerals, salts, and moisture, plus any halo effect, and old-timer trash, especially decomposing iron artifacts, are often found in any dry placer gold field and can really mask the “penetration powers” of a detector.

The Struggle to Reopen Alaska's Largest Gold Mine


The historical AJ mine, located east of Juneau, Alaska, was considered the largest gold mine in the state at one time. Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold there in 1880, and it has been more recently known as a tourist destination.

Using a Winch to Work Smarter, Not Harder


It’s really a kick to watch a boulder weighing several tons moving out of your dredge hole and onto the cobble pile being pulled by a cable attached to your portable winch.

Groups Wonder Meaning of Call for More Wilderness


U.S. Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck says there ought to be more wilderness—a comment that raised some concerns.

Placer Gold Deposits of Utah


The placer deposits of Utah occur in two distinct types of environments. These are 1) placers found adjacent to, and derived from, gold, silver and base-metal deposits; and 2) placers found in major rivers and derived from unknown, distant sources.

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