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Weathering, Erosion and Placers

The big interest to prospectors thinking about the effect of erosion is not what might happen long into the future, but what they might find in the rivers later this summer when the water levels go down.

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Buying a Mining Claim: Questions to Ask


At one time or another, many miners will look seriously at purchasing a mining claim...Usually it’s a significant financial commitment, so how do you know if you are getting a good deal?

A Break in the Weather


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Are There Any Good Prospects Left?


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