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10 green retro activities making a comeback

By: Sidney Stevens on Sept. 11, 2012, 6:04 p.m.
man panning for gold

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Gold prospecting

With the down economy, many are taking their financial futures into their own hands — literally. They're looking for nuggets of wealth — gold, that is — which they hope will yield bigger profits than paper stocks. Certainly mining isn’t the greenest of practices, but at least one proponent of the new gold rush argues that with demand for gold continuing to rise, small-scale prospecting is far more eco-friendly than massive, corporate-run gold-mining operations.