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Updated: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:38:27 GMT | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Gold prospectors take advantage of Calif. drought

AUBURN, Calif. - As California's drought persists and water levels dip to historically low levels, gold prospectors are taking to Northern California rivers hoping to spot something shiny.


Gold prospectors take advantage of Calif. drought

Gold panned near Coloma, Calif., is pictured in a April 16, 2009 photo.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rich Pedroncelli

AUBURN, Calif. - As California's drought persists and water levels dip to historically low levels, gold prospectors are taking to Northern California rivers hoping to spot something shiny.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1d4HnOt ) that calling it a gold rush might be a stretch, but unusually low rivers are opening up areas of Placer County that haven't been touched by man in decades, if not over a century.

James Hutchings, Sacramento chapter president of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, tells the newspaper that flakes — possibly even nuggets — that normally would be submerged might be available.

Over the weekend, truck driver Michael Albin came away with a gold chip in his pan about one-fourth the size of a pea.

He says that's enough to keep him coming back for more.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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