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The Jenkins Mine Project, Conclusion—Recovery Operations & Summary

This project taught me that you don’t need to be Albert Einstein to apply a little science to your prospecting. I learned that most of the science related to suction dredging is actually common sense. All we need to do is take the time to apply it.

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