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Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.

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Proper Spacing of Placer Sample Sites


The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.

Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


With the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.

Ask the Experts


Q: Will my detector react to fine gold?

Detecting Old Pocket Diggings


Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.

Silverton's Gold


Within this area, about two million ounces of gold and fifty million ounces of silver have been mined. Faults, dikes, veins and fissures that carry the ore form a concentric radial pattern—like spokes on a wagon wheel—around the caldera core.

Determining The Optimal Crushing Size for Gravity Recovery


It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.

What Equipment Do I Need?


Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment. 

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