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Fields of gold

The history of North America is full of gold rushes – periods of time when prospectors flooded yellow metal-rich regions looking for fortune when money was hard to come by. More than a century later, their successors are reaping major profits from what started out as panning exercises.

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Without the Klondike gold rush, would miners still be producing gold from the Yukon? Did the subsequent Nome rush end up leading companies to modern-day Alaska?