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Tips for Effective Drywashing

Back in October I read with great interest Chris Ralph’s article on the use of a metal detector while drywashing, and I wholeheartedly agree—I wouldn’t even consider going drywashing without using a metal detector in conjunction...

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Attention to Detail - Part II


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How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part II


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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tangling With A Desert Monster


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