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Thanks, I read it a few months ago but now I understand more I need to read it again, might make sense now.




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You've reminded me that I need to review some of my literature, including the detector manuals.  It usually takes me 3 or 4 readings (with usage in between) to really get everything out of a manual/book/article.  With the long, dark, cold days ahead here in the northern hemisphere (well, for most of us in this half of the planet) I'm going to read for the 2nd/3rd time the following:


And it's a great Christmas gift for anyone interested in gold, where you can find it, and how to extract it.  Chris is a contributor here and a prolific writer and editor of the ICMJ journal.  It would be hard to find someone who knows more about finding gold than he does.  Top that off with the fact that he conveys the information very well in his writings.

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Thanks, that book sounds exactly what I need.


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