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Ask The Experts - Is there gold under the old cobble piles?


Ask The Experts - Can you help me understand the gold deposition in this area of Wyoming?


Building A Portable Gold Mill


Through the milling process, the rock must be crushed and the values extracted. Let’s break down our discussion into the different parts and elements of the mill…

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Cherry-Picking for Gold Nuggets


We have a location where nuggets over an ounce have been detected over the past twenty years. This location is a small hilltop on which an ancient river channel once flowed.

Using A Blasting Machine in Rock Breaking


Whatever system you plan to use will require a way to safely initiate the explosives from a distance. In this article, we’re going to learn the basics of electric blasting and get a hands-on example…

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tangling With A Desert Monster


It all occurred when Gus and I returned to a remote placer gold area where we had previously found really good gold. The problem was that it would take about an hour to walk through the desert to get to it.

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Another Prospecting Adventure: Coulterville


What also helped keep Coulterville alive was the fact that the town itself happened to be sitting on top of one of the richest veins in the Mother Lode. The ledge itself was three hundred feet wide.

PLP Update


“Our member followed the PLP dredge card to the ‘T’. PLP called his senior officer about the incident and the call was never returned, nor was the dredger cited.”

Seven Important Attitudes for the Successful Prospector


What makes the difference between successful prospectors and those who struggle? It just seems like there are some guys who stumble on gold no matter what they do. Are they just lucky?

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Given the astonishing increase in government expenditures of the past two years, one must ask if there is another parade of taxes and levies waiting in the wings, and, directly related to our precious metals, if there is some form of tax rebellion also waiting in the wings.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


• Does he really “represent” Michigan?
• The California real estate market is hot!

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• BLM is moving back to DC?
• Gray wolf re-listed?
• EPA to redefine WOTUS again

Ask The Experts - Is the trumpet plant a good indicator of minerals?


Ask The Experts - Why won’t my detector respond on wire gold?


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Ask The Experts - Should I be able to locate gold near old volcanoes?


Secrets of Gold Research and Why You Need It


Prospecting may not be as much fun as it once was. If that sounds like you and you want to figure out what to do to get back on the gold and be successful, I’ve got the answer: Research.

Detecting 'New Again' Spots


Over the years I have a long list on my computer and in my head of places to detect. Combining newer detectors with old and proven sites has become a blessing for my friends and me.

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The Miner’s Theme Park: MINExpo 2021


We walked around for hours in amazement like little kids that just got let loose in a toy store without adult supervision.

Downieville: Another Gold Rush Favorite


I didn’t know what to expect because the area we were working was not close to the water, but we were pleasantly surprised when we began to pan out some nice flakes and a few pickers.

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