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The San Juan Mountains, Colorado

The rugged San Juan Mountains of Colorado rise to 14,309 feet and were a barrier to overland travel for many years. Precipitation, in the form of summer thundershowers and heavy winter snow, is enough to support coniferous forests.

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Texas "Hill Country" Gold


The scenic “Hill Country,” in the heart of Texas, is a recreational area for several large cities, including San Antonio and Austin. Most of the region lies at elevations between 300 and 1,800 feet, and forms an island of igneous and metamorphic...

Fabled 1933 Gold Coin Up For Sale


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Ask the Experts — What are Washington state prospecting regulations?


Q: I moved to Washington State in September of 2006. After recently downloading the Washington Gold and Fish Regulations, I was stunned to learn that it will be nearly impossible to prospect or work a located claim in the state of Washington…

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


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Reese River Silver Mining District, Nevada


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