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Time for a New Approach: Detecting Float Gold

The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.

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Prospecting for Gold at Green Valley


In October, five of us decided to take an exploration trip into an area called Green Valley. This was perhaps ten miles upstream from where we had gone in September and the difficulty was access. One would think that based on the name it was an easily accessible area not far from a nearby town. This couldn’t be more wrong.

Dry Washing to Capture Fine Gold


There may be lots of smaller gold I cannot hear with a detector, but it looks just fine in my pan once it is out of the crevice.

Study Confirms Mercury Levels Safe in California's Gold Country


While the Water Board documented the selenium levels in fish and noted they exceed the levels of mercury, they have yet to acknowledge the numerous scientific studies that show selenium effectively neutralizes the effects of mercury.

The Madonna Nugget


It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.

Proven Strategies for Detecting Gold


I’m sure we all have, at some point in time, gone out detecting and ended up not having the success we thought we would have. Here are some helpful game-changers that work for me and may work for you, as well.

Keep Watch for The Unexpected


As I have always done, I stashed those heavy black rocks in my pack and put them in the garden at home. They never were given a second thought until a half decade later…

Detecting the Fringe Areas


One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.

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