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Gold Shaft

Gold recovery using a gold shaft is another method deployed.



Miners tunnel into the ground and search for a gold vein or gold seam. A gold mine shaft provides protection from the outside climate. Other dangers are encountered such as cave in or H2S gas.



Gold rush miners dug many gold shafts in haste and with no concern for safety. 
Timbering (wooden beams used in tunnel support) was rarely used in most cases.
In northern climates the season was short for digging, as the frost would freeze the ground. Permafrost can be found 15-20 feet deep in many places in the Yukon.





The ground never thaws out making mining very difficult. Old stream beds and especially waterfalls are good places to search for gold. Since gold is heavier than most minerals it will collect and deposit in certain areas.





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