Placer mining is a method of extracting gold from alluvial deposits. You might guess that the word is pronounced with a long a, but used in this context, it’s actually a short vowel, rhyming with gasser. The term derives from a Spanish word for that kind of surface, and goes back to the same Latin root that gives us both plaza and place. This is part of a complete episode.

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