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The Life of an Independent Prospector

“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...

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Exposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.

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The Bawl Mill   • Gold Depositiion and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part II   • Gold in Guyana—Part I: Porknocking on the Puruni River Road   • That Something Extra   • Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part II   • Metallic Trash—Scourge of the Prospector   • Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas   • California Suction Dredging Update   • Mine, Baby, Mine!   • Hecla to Reopen Lucky Friday Mine   • Nova Scotia Shows It's Serious About Jobs & Mining   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

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