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Drywashing and Detecting for Gold


It’s important to pay attention to where you dig, because just like any placer, the gold in dry placers is concentrated in certain spots. This is especially true when you are testing and trying to determine the potential of a placer area. 

Desert Prospecting Yields More Than Just Gold


This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.

Looking Back


Excerpts from CMJ published 50 years ago this month.

Ask the Experts—Where can I find plans for a home-built suction dredge?


Q: Years ago I had plans for building a home-built suction dredge called the Spartan dredge. I really loved that dredge. I now have a 12-year-old son who wants to start mining. We wanted to build our own at home but I’ve lost the plans.

News From the Pacific Legal Foundation


PLF has been hard at work improving our Endangered Species Act Reform Project (ESARP), which is why you haven’t heard from us over the past few months.

Ask The Experts - What does a prospector look for when seeking ores?


Residual, Lateritic and Gossan "Soils" as Potential Nuggetshooting Sites


Nearly everyone who has drywashed or metal detected for placer gold within hardrock gold-mining areas is aware of "residual placers" (a.k.a. seam diggin's)...

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