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Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona 1972


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Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona by Maureen G. Johnson (USGS)

1972 USGS Bulletin 1355, 34.61 MB pdf file, 109 pages

A catalog of location, geology, and production with lists of annotated references pertaining to the placer districts of Arizona.

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