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The Fire Within

I can’t remember the exact day, but I do remember I was 11 years old when my father Charlie Sr. took me prospecting for the first time. That’s the day the fire and passion for gold was first ignited in me. I was born and raised in Grand Forks, British Columbia, and was lucky enough to have a gold bearing creek about 10 miles from our home.

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What minerals are magnetic? I have heard that super magnets (rare earth magnets) can capture platinum. True?

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Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part I


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