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Study Confirms Mercury Levels Safe in California's Gold Country

While the Water Board documented the selenium levels in fish and noted they exceed the levels of mercury, they have yet to acknowledge the numerous scientific studies that show selenium effectively neutralizes the effects of mercury.

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How to Evaluate Mineral Claims—What to Know Before You Buy


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The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold


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Prospecting for Liberated Gold


Some will doubt its value given the ultra-fine particle size… Some will become encouraged about not having to incur significant time and expense to break rock.

Who Jumped Whose Claim First?


At this point, stress raised my blood pressure and I was figuring out escape routes through the brush, but thought it best to continue the conversation.

Ancient River Channels of Trinity County


Trinity County is located in the far northwest corner of California and stirs up many different memories for those who have been there.

Metal Detecting Old Hard Rock Mine Dumps


The type of mine dump that is best for metal detecting are the ones that consist of mixed sizes of rock and are located near some sort of excavation, commonly a shaft or adit. Sometimes the piles located along a trench dug by the miners can be productive as well.

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