Abandoned Gold and Copper Mines in California's El Paso Mountains

Abandoned Gold and Copper Mines in California's El Paso Mountains The history of mining in California’s El Paso Mountains begins in 1893, when placer gold was discovered in Goler Canyon. Dozens of prospectors began searching the nearby dry gulches for placer gold, while others combed the hillsides looking for veins carrying precious metals. Small deposits…

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Hunting for California Amethyst Crystals

Hunting for California Amethyst Crystals This winter we camped in the California wilderness and hunted for amethyst crystals. We found a fresh pocket of some beautiful crystal specimen, check out how we did it!

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California Black Jade: An Inside Look

California Black Jade: An Inside Look Bringing rare and exotic gemstones to the forefront is a primary focus for #ShopLC. And sometimes, we find them right here at home in the US! Learn even more about another Mined in America gemstone with our Inside Look at California Black Jade! #DeliveringJoy

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Exploring a little-known coal mining area in California's Bay Area.

Exploring a little-known coal mining area in California's Bay Area. Join me as I visit the abandoned coal mining town of Nortonville, California. Established in 1855 and lasting a mere 50 years, Nortonville was home to hundreds of miners and their families. By 1885 the mines and the town were gone. Follow my adventures: Instagram:…

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Lapis Lazuli mining in Sari-i-Sang in northern Afghanistan

Lapis Lazuli mining in Sari-i-Sang in northern Afghanistan Years of war and exploitation have degraded many of Afghanistan’s natural resources. But among the still highly prized assets is the lapis lazuli gemstone which has been mined in northern Afghanistan for 6,000 years. The only pure source of the stone lies in Sar-i-Sang in the Kocha…

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California map to gold bigger than chicken eggs

California map to gold bigger than chicken eggs Mike was given a secret california map to gold nuggets bigger than chicken eggs just laying on the ground. He hasn’t found the gold yet but he has found rubies, emeralds and a bunch of other gemstones that he sold for a lot of money. He has…

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Made In Kern County: Borax Mine

Made In Kern County: Borax Mine On the most eastern edge of Kern County, just off Highway 58, sits a desolate desert landscape booming with activity. This is all because of what lies below the earth, a mineral used in hundreds of products we all use today. ◂ 23ABC News brings you up to the…

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