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Geology of Placer Deposits: Reading a River


The exact point where you choose to dig for gold makes all the difference in the world.

Grass Valley, Nevada City, Malakoff Diggings, Northern California


The early miners sought their wealth in the creeks and rivers of the area but the true wealth was discovered by accident.

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Let Nature Help


You’re out in the goldfields and searching for a spot that will possibly give up a gold nugget.

Electronic Prospecting: The Hunt for Coarse Gold


Standing on the edge of the canyon just after daybreak, I was filled with equal measures of excitement and trepidation.

Glacial Prospecting Basics Part 1


This article will focus on glacial deposits and some of my hypotheses regarding gold in the Midwest glacial area.

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Gleaning for Gold Part 2


"The practice of gleaning goes back thousands of years"

PLP Update


FALLFEST Mining and BBQ is Back! Twice as long and Twice as Fun!

Blast From the Past


Keeps Spirit of Gold Mining Alive Despite Washington’s Attitude

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Resource Maven


Stocks have been on a run. The S&P 500 is up 14% from its June low; the NASDAQ 100 is up about 20%. Yet sentiment is dismal. 

The Bawl Mill


• China snaps up American farmlands and more!
• California releases roadmap for burglar.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Extremist groups are at it again
• Trump-era actions on endangered species being reviewed again.
 

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Charles P. Watson, Chief Geologist

Ask the Experts


• What processing plant should I choose based on my ore type? 
• How to select an area to start prospecting?
 

Quartz: The Indicator of Gold


Quartz: The Indicator of Gold

On the Road


Heading to the sierra for another adventure! On The Road Again.. 
 

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High Sierra Gold


Join Cal on an adventure in the Califonria high Sierras! 

Trails to Gold


Reaserch is a critical step in finding new areas.
 

Stamp Mills


Stamp mills were a proven method of proccessing in early mining.
 

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Prospecting the Easy Way


And what do I think is the easy way? It’s what you can learn from the old timers that walked that ground many years ago.

The Importance of Prepping you Gold Detecting Spots


If you want to get better gold you will need to put your detector down for a while .
 

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