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Yukon Placer Miners Fighting Extreme Discharge Limits

Hold up a glass of tap water and take a look at it. It’s about as clear as the new Yukon water regulations require the water returning to rivers to be after being used by placer miners. The new limit of 25 parts per million (ppm) sediment does not leave a lot of maneuvering room in terms of discharge.

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A New Prospecting Spot


Once indicators start showing up along or below a contact I start to get excited. When I have shale, and outcroppings of diorite with iron-red, gritty soil and some clay thrown in, I really get lightheaded. I may be a mile away from the nearest diggings but that’s okay. I just found a spot that could provide some nice nugget hunting.

Sulfides and Intergrain Gold Wire Nuggets


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Relocating A Historic Vein


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Tons of Gold Buried Under World Trade Center


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Dairy Farmer Hits Pay Dirt


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