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The Black Diamond of the Forest


Hearty trees, shrubs and plants are a product of the soil conditions in which they grow, so it makes sense that roots near an ore deposit will take on nutrients containing metals if they are present.

Follow the Line


Four nuggets, ranging from one to four pennyweight, had been found originally. All four nuggets were found in a line about ten feet apart from each other.

Bedrock Nugget Hunting: Tools of the Trade


As a guide to those who are thinking of taking up this activity or those who currently practice this trade, I have created a listing of the primary tools and equipment I use when nugget hunting.

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Gold Hunting on Libby Creek


The biggest nugget I have found detecting here was three grams and the following weekend someone found a 9-gram nugget while detecting. Some have even found quarter-ounce nuggets, with one being a chevron nugget.

Man's Best Friend


Adam’s condition had been deteriorating every step of the way. At times, I could only coax him ten or twenty feet before he laid down again. He refused to eat or drink. At this point, I realized we might not get out of the canyon by dark and might need help getting Adam out at all.

An Interview with Minelab Engineer Mark Lawrie


The design of metal detectors well-suited for prospecting is an interesting process and not necessarily an easy one to achieve. It is a combination that blends the desires of what prospectors would like, the requirements of sales people and dealers, with the science and physics of what the electronics can achieve.

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Third Largest Nugget in Existence Returns to Dallas


While the bullion value of the nugget is already substantial, the size and rarity of the Ausrox Nugget combine to make its worth invaluable in the collector market.

Watch Out for Split Estates When Filing Your Claim


The only thing that saved me was talking to a local miner who gave me a “heads up” that private individuals owned all the mineral rights in that section.

Detecting the Fringe Areas


One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.

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California: The Land of Big Nuggets—Part I


The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.

Gold Detecting Strategies for Hydraulic Mines and Debris Flows


The old timers typically washed these areas down to bedrock, and some areas appear terraced. I would imagine this is because these hydraulic mines were generally where the miners found old Tertiary river channels on the sides of mountains that were gold-bearing.

It Pays to Know Your Bedrock


On our last trip, we brought ropes and went down the first waterfall forty vertical feet, only to be confronted by a second, sixty-foot-high, overhanging waterfall that emptied into a slot canyon.

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Take it to Bedrock


Picking the right spot to placer has to do with years of experience, and a little luck. The textbooks can tell you where it should be, but sometimes the rules just don’t seem to apply.

Flood Plain Gold Deposits—What Are They Really?


We just completed a trip to another river, and yes, there was definite movement and redistribution of gravels, and other prospectors have seen this as well.

Placers Directly Associated with Lode Deposits


Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.

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Is It Time for a Change? New Ways to Find More Gold


The old report I read indicated all they ever did was dig some trenches and take samples. It sounded to me like a good place to take my metal detector...

Silverton's Gold


Within this area, about two million ounces of gold and fifty million ounces of silver have been mined. Faults, dikes, veins and fissures that carry the ore form a concentric radial pattern—like spokes on a wagon wheel—around the caldera core.

Procuring Mine Owner Permission at a Mine Site


The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.

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Drywashing for Fine Gold


When working fine gold placers with a drywasher, there are some natural variables that can be beneficial as well as others that can be a hindrance to achieving good recovery.

Entry-Level Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting


These are entry-level machines designed with gold prospecting in mind and with the ability to handle mineralized ground and see nuggets of a grain or so in size, perhaps smaller.

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