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Prospecting Hard Rock


We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.

Comments on Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold Series


The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
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Hidden Value in Old Tailings


The 15 rare earth elements were discovered long after the gold rush began to wane, but demand for them only took off over the past 10 years...

The Perfect Summer


Within the first 3 hours he and I had found pocket after pocket of gold and couldn't wait to tell Levi of our treasure.

Ask the Experts: Silent partners and mining—is it worth the risk?


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Gold Placers of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska


The biggest obstacle is that like many streams on the Kenai Peninsula, high water during the summer months from snow melt and rain can make dredging nearly impossible. The best dredging is in the colder months of the year.

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Ore testing and other advice for starting up a mining operation.

Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska—Part II


I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
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Heavy Glacial Rocks and Gold in the Midwest


Over the years, I've noticed a pattern in the type of rocks associated with the best gold deposits in Midwestern glacial gravel.

Proper Placer Sample Processing


...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.

Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska!


...I decided to excavate the semi-frozen high-bank that was resting on a soft shale bedrock footing. Within three feet, I encountered an intrusive!
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The Subsurface Suction Dredge


The problems of the submersible dredge tube are addressed by the subsurface dredge, where the enclosed sluice recovery tube is suspended from a flotation assembly...

Proper Spacing of Placer Sample Sites


The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.

Underground in the Original 16-1 Mine


These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
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Romancing the Rock


With the exception of well-established operators with proven reserves and years of field experience, the high price of gold brought a flood of speculators, con men, and real estate brokers into the mix who were not previously engaged in the gold mining market.

Placer Channel Sampling


Sampling gold placers can be rewarding, but remember to treat the samples so you are not high grading or low grading your results. Learn the rules and apply them so your samples are accurate.

Gold Rush in the Congo—Part II


We needed something to cook on, so we brought most of our kitchen with us including our full-size oven, which was pretty funny to see in the middle of a rainforest. Food was always a concern, but fortunately for us...
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Spanish Gold Ledge Still Producing Gold


The Gold Eye placer claims, located in the La Cholla district of Arizona, are still producing some beautiful gold. From the days of the Spanish explorers and Mexican miners, men have tunneled into the earth in search of gold in this area.

Gold Rush in the Congo


It all started with a phone call from my friend and prospecting partner Pat Keene. He told me that he knew of an investor who was just starting out in the gold industry and was looking for a gold consultant to go to Africa to prospect and analyze a 400 sq. mile concession in the middle of the Congo rainforest. I waited for the “just kidding” line...

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