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  • James Butler's mining claim sits on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • James Butler's mining claim sits on the Yuba River, with Engelbright Dam in the background, in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler uncovers his mining dredge that has been banned on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler displays the mercury he's recovered while dredging on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler displays the intake for his mining dredge on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • The diving gear that gold miner James Butler uses while dredging on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler sits on his mining dredge that has been banned for use on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler sits on his mining dredge that has been banned for use on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler sits on his mining dredge that has been banned for use on his mining claim on the Yuba River in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler walks on his mining claim along Deer Creek in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler walks on his mining claim along Deer Creek in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler walks on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler displays some of the gold nuggets he's mined in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler displays some of the gold nuggets he's mined in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • A painting of his mining claim takes center stage among family photos in the home of gold miner James Butler near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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  • Gold miner James Butler poses for a portrait in Deer Creek on his mining claim in the Sierra foothills near Smartsville, California, April 19, 2012..CREDIT: Max Whittaker/Prime for The Wall Street Journal.MINER
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