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Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style


There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.

Indicators and Hillsides


The placer gold shows up in ground sluice areas, hydraulic pits, secondary channels and hillside diggings. It is coming down the hillsides from an ancient channel left high and dry millions of years ago.

Surviving the Unexpected


In this article, we will talk about how emergency response works in back country areas and go over some different ways to improve your chances of obtaining a good outcome should you get into trouble.

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Gold Placers of Southern California


I grew up in Southern California, and found my first nugget there, so I know my way around. Because there is good gold there, I thought it might be helpful to take a look at the many placer gold opportunities found in the southern part of the state.

3D-Printed Tools for Prospecting


…these two guys are part of the new hi-tech generation who review new technologies and are always looking for new ways to apply them in innovative fields!

Libby, Montana Prospectors Keep Tradition Alive


Located 23 miles south of Libby, the land surrounding the Libby Creek area has been of interest to prospectors since the early 1860s, when it was home to up to 600 miners working at a camp known as Libbysville.

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Chasing Hard Rock Gold As A Placer Deposit


The question I had, and likely you have too, is when an old channel is cut, how far does the placer gold in the cut channel move down in a river or creek that continues to erode deeper and deeper?

My Explosive Introduction to Gold Mining


My friend came walking in from the garage with what looked to me like a stick of dynamite. Chuckling, he said, “Have you ever been gold mining?”
In my head I was thinking, “Not at 3 am in the morning with dynamite.”

Georgetown CA: A Historically Rich Mother Lode Treasure


The interesting thing about the Mother Lode area is that we can pretty much find at least a little gold in any creek or river (and even in some of the many dry gulches).

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Ten Detecting Tips for the Savvy Desert Prospector


Prospectors who specialize in nugget detecting are especially interested in this special desert type, as it produces nuggets that are close to the surface of the ground and therefore more suitable to be found with a detector.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: When a Gold Prospector Goes to a Diamond Mine


As a gold prospector for the past ten years, I thought that I had a fair understanding of the steps necessary to find gemstones.

Why So Much Gold in Nevada?


Nevada produces about 75% of all the gold mined in the US. This means that all the other 49 states combined only produce 25%, and this includes California, Alaska and Arizona.

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A Golden Past


My mining partner Keith McBride and I spent a week in May working on a twenty-nine man crew split up into six teams at a couple of “pay to mine” mining camps.

Do Gold Nuggets Come Out At Night?


There were many small gold placers found and worked in the deserts in the old days, which had then been pretty much forgotten about. We all tried to be the first to re-discover these spots.

Tracing Gold To Its Source


In this article I am going to talk about the different sources of gold and the clues a prospector can follow to find the source.

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Tips & Tricks: How to Revive a Dredge Engine That’s Been Submerged


It rained over four inches that night and the creek flooded both my backyard and my workshop. When I opened the door to my workshop Christmas morning, an unwelcome sight greeted me.

Quit While You’re Goin’ Good


Then I came to a section of recently exposed gravel that looked unworked. Water seeped out all around, making the ground beneath a sea of slick mud.

The Historic Gold Rush Town of Quincy


…we focused on various layers of hard-packed flood material out of the creek, and we also obtained some material up quite a ways from the creek itself on bedrock.

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Finding Gold Beyond Your Detector


The lesson of keeping one’s eyes open to other possibilities is one of the great secrets of successful prospecting. Prospectors need to always be on the lookout for opportunities.

Pinpointing for Gold


This rock had been with a family for many years and they were cleaning up an old workshop that had lots of minerals and miscellaneous “ore” samples.

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