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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.

Let Nature Help


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

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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.

Gleaning for Gold Part 2


"The practice of gleaning goes back thousands of years"

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On the Road


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

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.
 

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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 .
 

Hunting for Big Gold in a Haunted Canyon


More than one prospector has gone into that canyon and never came out.

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Over the Divide: Retta Atkins & Darren VanHouten


The Forms of Crystalline Gold


The largest and most perfect single gold crystals are nearly always in the form of octahedra. These large octahedral crystals often possess deeply recessed faces.

Evolution Of A Desert Wash Plant


The water instantly dropped though the screen, leaving a pile of mud behind! I was so excited that I replaced it with a 150-mesh screen, and the same thing happened!

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Gleaning for Gold


It couldn’t possibly be a bullet or other trash this deep into the hill. No sir, it was a solid zip-zip signal that I know so well.

Making the Jump to Electronic Prospecting


After pinpointing and recovery, he had his first nugget of channel gold in his hand. This was also his first nugget with the new detector.

Gold: Is It Everywhere?


Gold, on the other hand, is super rare, and is one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It averages only 0.000004 percent of the earth’s surface. That is four parts in a billion.

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How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System


This new map-based tool is far superior to the old version with lots of potential layers and information that a prospector can use in research.

A Short But Productive Hunt


The prospects I found are known to carry heavy chunks of gold, sometimes in quartz, ironstone, or many times a rusty-looking type of shale covering.

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