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The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part II—Pocket Hunting for Residual Placers

It is a fact that many of the well-known placer districts of the Western US have small veins that contain sparse pockets of coarse gold as their source. This is the main reason why many rich placer districts have seen little or no hard rock mining...

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