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Understanding and Evaluating Desert Mineralization for Nuggetshooters

The primary source of many dryplacers is from the weathering of small to large hardrock sulphide ledges to yield free-gold, soluble salts and iron oxides. Placer gold, both large and small nuggets, can be found from the top inch down...

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Using Geologic Publications to Discover Collecting Sites


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