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What's In A Name?

The names attached to these areas came about from many sources. Many are easy to see why the name was given while others had a more contrasting note to them.

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Placer Gold Deposits of Utah


The placer deposits of Utah occur in two distinct types of environments. These are 1) placers found adjacent to, and derived from, gold, silver and base-metal deposits; and 2) placers found in major rivers and derived from unknown, distant sources.

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We chose this particular area because an old channel had run here at one point and had been heavily worked on top of a mountain hilltop. Erosion patterns cut deeply on each side, leaving the channel exposed. The erosion cut sharply, dropping into ravines far below.

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There are times when being able to recognize a type of rock can make you a much more successful prospector.

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