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Will El Nino Move Gold for Miners and End California Drought?

I remember in the couple of years after that 1997 flood, prospectors around California did very well, taking ounces of gold from places that had not yielded any gold for years before that.

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A Few Tips and Tricks for Beach Mining


When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."

Guinea Africa: Gold, Ebola, and A Monkey Barbecue


Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.

Attention to Detail - Part II


Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.

The Unusual Forest Nugget Patch


This is the story of a nugget patch I’ve been working on that is a bit unusual. I won’t be telling you where it is located, but I will tell you how I found it and how I’ve worked it.

Northwestern Alaska Mineral Resources


Gold and jade are actually only minor mineral resources for the Northwestern Alaska region as a whole. Modern prospecting has focused more on base metal than precious metal resources.

The Story Behind the Story


Anyone who has found a patch knows the difficulties involved. Those who haven’t can guess, and with any effort will soon realize it.

Prospecting Australia—Part II: There and Back Again


Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.

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