Using Sucker Guns to Find Gold
November 2013 by Chris Ralph...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
Trinity County is located in the far northwest corner of California and stirs up many different memories for those who have been there.
The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other tools to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold.
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.
After getting all the gear together we headed up the old road that led us to an old ground sluice site. George and Kaleb were using lightweight VLF (very low frequency) detectors. I carried a newer technology unit that is just a tad coil-heavy in the front.
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
The Alaska state government has been trying to keep up with and maybe even stay on top of the situation by studying the problems associated with rapid growth and how to solve them.
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