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About Sluice Boxes

Prospecting for gold in the Alaskan wilderness and braving raging rivers, unforgiving landscapes, frigid temperatures, and savage wildlife: this is the life that you desire. With a stake on an Alaskan river, a couple of sluice boxes, and a determination to find gold in the Alaskan bush that has not been seen since the state's historic 1849 prospecting rush, you could make it big. Modern-day sluice boxes are relatively unchanged from their gold rush predecessors in terms of operation, but today's models feature higher quality and more durable materials and more reliable construction than vintages boxes. Sluice boxes allow the prospector to dredge the bottom of a river or stream, gathering bits of rock and sand and hopefully some gold in the box. Water sluices across the accumulated sediment, separating the pieces out based on their weight and size as they tumble over a series of screens and breaks. Sluice box kits and folding sluice boxes are available among the vast selection of gold prospecting materials on eBay, for those people who want to put together their own sluice boxes.