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By Sarah Hurst
Mining News Editor 

Recreational miners do it for fun, not profit

Mining as a hobby, with gold pan, shovel, sluice box or metal detector, can be lucrative business - for those who allow visitors


Last updated 7/24/2005 at Noon

Anyone who owns mining claims - from grizzled old prospectors to multinational companies - struggles to make a profit. So one particular kind of prospect may be particularly attractive to them: having people pay for the privilege of mining on the claims, with the search itself often turning out to be more rewarding than the discovery of a tiny gold nugget or a pinch of fines. Recreational miner...

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