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Problems finding gold with a detector

Detecting During Summer Heat


This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.

A Great Day On The Feather River


Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
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Prospecting for Silver Deposits


In some ways, silver is the forgotten precious metal because it straddles both the world of precious metals and jewelry, while having many important  industrial applications like a base metal. The price of silver reflects both the precious metal investment demand as well as the industrial demand.

Give That Club Claim A Chance


My first trip to the claim was the tip-off that there might be larger gold to be found. I brought my puffer drywasher and my dad to a local prospecting club outing that was held at the claim.

Will El Nino Move Gold for Miners and End California Drought?


I remember in the couple of years after that 1997 flood, prospectors around California did very well, taking ounces of gold from places that had not yielded any gold for years before that.
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Trail to Treasure


We are both very experienced working this type of ground, and we quickly found the pay layer where we would focus our efforts. The bedrock has good gold, but so does the red hard pan.

The Reason We Fight


Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.

My Great Nevada Adventure


…with renewed determination and a belief in success, I did finally find a nugget. It was there waiting under a bush not 50 feet from my truck.
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Prospecting for Pegmatites


…in some cases pegmatites have produced individual mineral crystals that are enormous, attaining lengths of over 40 feet long, and many of the world’s largest mineral crystals are examples that were found within pegmatite deposits.

Companion Gold


Easing around the bedrock ledges and rock hopping, Terry and I came out into the open and were looking at a nice run of bedrock.

The Smell of Gold—Part I


Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.
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A Few Tips and Tricks for Beach Mining


When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."

Moore Creek, Alaska—Then and Now


The gold was very chunky and much of it had quartz attached. Even back then I knew that the gold was very close to its source.

Nome Offshore Dredging Creates Challenges


The Alaska state government has been trying to keep up with and maybe even stay on top of the situation by studying the problems associated with rapid growth and how to solve them.
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Key to Successful Prospecting: Confidence


The one undeniable truth in prospecting is that the more time you spend in the field, the more gold you will find. Here are a few keys I use to help build my confidence.

Piggin' for Gold


Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.

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• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
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Exploring Snakehead


On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.

Prospecting for Gold in Baja California


It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.

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