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Ancestral Yuba River Placer Gold Deposits


The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits. 

PLP Update: Oktoberfest Weekend


Forty prospectors lucky enough to sign up early spent a weekend looking for gold and talking about gold. And there is nothing better than doing both.

It's Not Always El Dorado


This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Coyote Poop Gold


Australians have told me that emus, being very curious, will pick up and swallow anything shiny or unusual. They say aborigines will kick and pick apart any emu poop they see to check them out for nuggets.

National Forest Closures in California


I found I could not go prospecting in areas where I did not have a mining claim and the Forest Service thought my mere presence was a danger to the forest.

Melman on Gold & Silver


While present official numbers remain quiescent at below 2%, we strongly believe the seeds of future inflation have now been laid via virtually unlimited currency creation by various central banks around the globe.

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The Bawl Mill


• Too early to build the crusher?
• Time for small mine exemptions
• Should I be checking the culverts for gold?

Ask The Experts - Too early to build the crusher?


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Ask The Experts - Time for small mine exemptions


Ask The Experts - Should I be checking the culverts for gold?


Sniping for Gold—The Next Best Thing to Dredging


I poked my head out of the water and said, “You won’t believe what I am going to show you!”

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PLP Update


PLP northern director Clark Pearson stated, “Thanks to the U.S. v. Hicks case, the courts have acknowledged that claimholders are owners of land within the National Forest who are exempt.”

Hard Rock 101: Advanced Micro Blasting


They… create negligible fumes and much less fly rock than blasting. Below are some tips on maximizing your effectiveness with these tools.

Now Is The Time For Exploration


I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.

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Gold in Unlikely Places—And 'Eating Crow'


The red dot on the diagram points out where the gravels there were also carrying, but not as much color. The gold was sparse below the point indicated.

From Iowa to Alaska—How I Became A Gold Miner


May 18, 2019, after 26 years, I had finally saved enough money. I bought my one-way ticket to Fairbanks, Alaska, and I started off by finding a new job…

Jamestown and Our Mother Lode Gold Rush Adventures


There are many other locations in the area where gold has been found, but Woods Creek is the most famous of the creeks and gulches in the area where the 49ers searched for that elusive yellow metal.

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Why Assaying Placer Gold Deposits Doesn't Work


Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Those Blasted Boulders!


The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…

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