COLFAX (CBS/AP) — California’s prolonged drought has created opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold.
Gold seekers are wading into formerly deep waterways to harvest flecks from the pea gravel and sediment in crevices that have long been inaccessible.READ MORE: Health Experts Warn COVID Rapid Tests Are Less Reliable Than PCR
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He prospects for gold at least 200 days a year, pulling out about three grams a week. An ounce of gold is worth roughly $1,200, down from nearly $1,900 in 2011, the newspaper reports.
California is in its fourth year of the drought that has dried up water used to irrigate crops and forced drastic water cutbacks for cities and communities.MORE NEWS: Woman Found Dead During Visit With Friends at Home in Rohnert Park
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