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Winter is giving us the full grip, but that doesn't stop the dedicated Treasure Hunter.
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Do you like to prospecting for gold, metal detecting for coins, hunting ghost towns, or other treasure hunting hobbies?
Your hobby is under assault!
Don't just sit back and let some paper-pushing bureaucrat with an environmentalist agenda close down yet another area...your area...to your hobby.
What can you do?
Who is this Native American,
and what is he known for?
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Winter is finally here!!!
And no matter what your passion is...
Rocks & Gems..........
...........Gold & Silver
Fossils & Shells..........
..........Coins & Relics
Ghost Towns & Near Ghost Towns
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Environmental Extremist Organizations
The Gold Prospecting, Treasure Hunting, Metal Detecting, Ghost Town Hunting
Located under the bar scales is the "Contour Interval." First, let me explain the term "Contour." It's pretty obvious that the earth is not flat. Mountains cover the surface, and so, the earth has "contour." Each mountain, hill, valley, etc has its own unique contour. So a system had to be devised to tell, not only the height of the mountain, but also the shape of the mountain. For this, we use "contour lines."
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Contour lines are those seemingly endless squiggly brown lines on the map picture. Each of these lines is drawn on an exact elevation on that "terrain feature." The distance between the lines is a representation of the vertical distance between the lines. The vertical distance between the lines is the "contour interval." In our example, the contour interval is 40 feet, which means that between each of those brown lines on the map to the one next to it is an elevation change of 40 feet. But, is it 40 feet up or down? We will get more into this later.