After weeks of heavy rain across northern California, storm runoff through the hills of gold country have triggered a new gold rush, and experts are excited.
The heavy rains uprooted trees, washed out old mines, and eroded away at the landscape. This churning of the landscape creates the optimum time for gold hunting. One of the hot spots this year will be below the Oroville Dam, since repair crews are digging up dirt around the dam, which is now bringing gold up to the surface.
However, unless you were in the know, you have already missed the mini-rush. Experienced miners and panners went to the creeks and rivers in search of gold immediately following the flooding in northern California. You can still find gold in these areas, but the large gold nuggets are likely already gone.
Geologists and gold mining experts say that this year could rival or come close to the gold deposits similar to those after the flood of ’97.
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