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  • 1. This is obvious: to help you find the gold or gems you're looking for.

  • 2. To save time and money. Without good maps, you're just stumbling in the dark.

  • 3. When you buy the proper map, you save weeks, even months, of time and energy doing the research to find out what you need to know about the area you wish to explore.

  • 4. Obviously, you don't waste time in unproductive areas if you have a good map that shows you where you should be looking for gold and gems.

  • 5. A good map will show the topography, the most likely areas for exploration. Topography gives you the structure and altitude of the land you're exploring.

  • 6. Good maps help prevent your getting lost and keep you on target toward your goal.

  • 7. Good maps should not be cumbersome; they should portable and easy to use.

  • 8. Good maps should be imprinted with the location sites of lode and placer areas.

  • 9. Good maps must be affordable. This means that they must encompass entire states and not necessarily show every mine or claim. The latter sites will make a map too expensive unless that is what you're specifically looking for.

  • 10. This follows from #9. Only maps of a scale of 1:500,000 or maybe 1:250,000 can be described as affordable and good for the average recreational prospector. If you want a scale such as 1:24,000 (Quadrangles), get ready to fork out big bucks if you want to cover any substantial part of the state or area in which you intend to mine. After you've decided on a small area to work, a quadrangle map will be handy for local topography.

  • 11. A good compromise to the above would be topographical maps which feature not only the plotting of lode and placer sites but printed directions to the mines and sites.

  • 12. Of course, good maps must be up-to-date and taken from federal and state records as well as private sources which are accurate and complete.