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Some may say that any detectable gold will be out of range of any detector by then. Well you have to remember every time it’s rain we have what we call soil erosion. It may not get to the point being like the Grand Canyon but where Rich Hill won’t be a hill anymore.

The 7000 in another century to us won’t be no more than a BFO does now. Like now we see new technology in a detector coming out that didn’t exist just a year ago.

I know I won’t see it and I’m sorry to say all reading this now won’t see it either.

The great thing is we have the 7000 now and all the new coin machines to hunt with. So us don’t worry about the rug rats that will come after us. Get out there and hunt and may those that come after us a hundred years from now earn what they find.

Chuck

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Buy then maybe someone will find all the gold crowns i will be returning to the ground.:wink:

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We talk about the "old-timers" but in 100 years we will be the old-timers. There will be footnotes about the "Electronic Gold Rush" of the late 20th and early 21st century - and we will be the ones that had a part of all that. Making history with every nugget dug!

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(speaking from 100 years in the future)  Those old timers sure had it rough.. actually had to dig in the dirt to see what their target was and how big it was!  Couldn't imagin actually getting my hands dirty.  (ok.. now I sound like a snowflake.. lol!)

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I want to look the part so that’s why I’m growing a long beard and hair. So a hundred years from now the’ll say my great great great Grandpa was a prospector.

only a face a mother could love.

Chuck

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GOSH :blink:....one hundred years from now. I really don't think I would want to be on the planet then. It sure won't be like we have had & experienced in our life times. Even the changes we are witnessing now & through our times.  I feel sorry for my childrens children, & there kids after them. But then again....what they are born into is all they will know. Except from what great grandad can tell them & show them photos & video....if they are still relevant... As to gold & ones ability to get out there in one hundred years from now. What will technology be.....will there be any gold left....will one be able to or allowed to look for it....will there still be a planet......?????  I shudder to think... :unsure: Live your life to the fullest. Get out there & enjoy what is there NOW, because one day...it wont be.

Good luck out there

JW :smile:  

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18 hours ago, kiwijw said:

GOSH :blink:....one hundred years from now. I really don't think I would want to be on the planet then.  I feel sorry for my childrens children, & there kids after them.

Don't worry, they'll be living and detecting at the "lunar gold rush".

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Next week I'm teaching fifth grade kids to pan for gold (gotta get my dredge cons processed some how;-).

I'll bet in a hundred years their kids will still be using a pan to find gold.

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Gold detecting a hundred years from now?

 

 

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