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Humble Beginnings


Right away I got a target, and it ended up being gold from a nice little bench. With only an hour left of daylight, I continued heading upstream and found five more tiny pieces of gold with my VLF…

Understanding Large Gold Deposit Types: Discovering New Mines


The other opportunity that I see is in seeking unusual types of deposits. Specifically, the prospector would be searching for the stuff no one (or almost no one) is searching for. These deposits are effectively hiding in plain view.

Treasure Hunters Challenge FBI Over Dig for Civil War Gold


The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other tools to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold.

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Out of the Ashes—New Access to Gold


As I arrived at my detecting location, I got all my gear and headed up the trail. I had to stop and take in the devastation all around me.

Alluvial Paystreaks


The gravels in contact with the bedrock or false bedrock base are often the richest. The same facts apply to the alluvial paystreaks that are formed on gravel bars; the lowest level of the gold-bearing gravel is normally the richest.

PLP Update


During discussions with other property rights advocates and members of the current administration, Karen Budd-Falen’s name was mentioned many times as a possible director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft


“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”

California State and US National Gold Panning Championships


This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.

Melman on Gold & Silver


It appears that market softness due to a slowing Chinese economy may already have affected precious and base metals quotes.

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The Bawl Mill


  • Prospector banned from college campus
  • Early retirement...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Interior Department reigns in “sue and settle”
  • Comments needed on Forest Service Part 228 regulations
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Ask The Experts - A few questions about 'peak gold'


Ask The Experts - Seeking advice on processing pocket gold


Ask The Experts - How do I recover gold in pyrite?


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Ask The Experts - Can a British citizen purchase a mining claim?


Ask The Experts - Is California dredging going to return in 2019?


Ask The Experts - Were you aware of the new recording fee in California?


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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.

California Sniping


I opted for the underwater portion of the river. All I have to do is float down the river and pick large flakes and small nuggets out of cracks and crevices while staying cool in the summer heat.

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