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Although the state's mention in the title was dropped after the first season, Alaska still plays a major role in Discovery Channel's top-rated show. It follows gold miners, inexperienced as some may be, hoping to strike it rich in the wilds of The Last Frontier and beyond. For their first effort, a crew led by Todd Hoffman and his father, Jack, sunk $250,000 into their dream and came away with just $20,000 worth of gold. The dismal summer was filled with injuries, malfunctioning equipment and constant fighting among the greenhorn miners, yet their serious case of gold fever trumps any talk of giving up and leads to new operating plans in order to salvage their dream. The series also keeps tabs on the efforts of brash youngster Parker Schnabel, veteran Dakota Fred and longtime Yukon resident Tony Beets to hit the mother lode at separate sites.

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aired 43 days ago
While on target for an $8.4-million-dollar season, Parker's wash plant catches fire; Rick and his crew finish strong; Tony heads into the wilderness to find lost equipment and attempts to get his ancient dredge up and running.
aired 43 days ago
Rick and crew fight to get as much gold as possible before they're shut down; Tony races to finish his second dredge; Parker makes the riskiest move of the season.
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Judgement day on Parker and Todd's 100-ounce bet; while Parker chases a record-breaking total, Todd desperately tries to keep his crew from falling apart.
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Parker, Todd, Tony and Rick battle the elements, equipment meltdowns and each other to pull in a staggering $70 million in gold.
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Tyler leads Parker to a promising hard rock mine, where they detonate explosives to gauge if the rewards of underground mining justify the risks.
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Parker makes a gamble on dry-mining equipment to test the gold-rich ground of Western Australia; a case of gold fever proves costly, and Parker nearly loses a team member.
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Hunting for a huge payday in Tyler's hometown of Sandstone, the team encounters a dangerous new method for extracting gold and Parker must decide if the risk is worth the reward.
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In an area known to locals as "Hell's Crack," Parker and his team navigate a treacherous river, battle extreme heat and fight machine breakdowns to prospect ground so rich it could hold 100 million dollars worth of gold.
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Parker tests virgin ground on the Fitzgerald claim and makes a big discovery, but he must gain the trust of the family if he wants to strike a deal.
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In the legendary Palmer goldfields, Parker and his team encounter a lucrative family-run mining operation and discover dirt far richer than anything they've ever seen in the Yukon. But convincing the family to lease him virgin ground will come at a price.
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Tempted by the largest nuggets he's ever seen, Parker ventures deep into an underground mine; Tyler tracks down a trommel for the team and a local miner lets the team test a claim that yields more gold per yard than Parker's ever seen in the Yukon.
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The glory hole caves in around the 100,000 pound excavator; Jack puts his life on the line.
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To get to the bedrock and gold, Todd and Jack try to dig deeper.
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The claim's owner brings in a veteran outsider to turn the operation around.
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Gold recovery expert tries to help; Todd discovers a flaw in the equipment.
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The miners need to find $10,000 worth of gold or their families will be sent home; Dorsey struggles with the wave table.
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The equipment malfunctions and the operation is brought to a halt.
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The team tries to run dirt through a wash plant; families question the lack of gold; tension builds.
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The crew races to set up the mining plant and start running dirt; tensions build over the lack of gold and an ill mechanic.
aired 137 days ago
A mechanical accident threatens to close the greenhorn mining season.
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When the going gets tough, the tough seek new frontiers; six recession-hit patriots from Oregon become greenhorn gold miners.

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Back where their gold-mining adventures began, "Gold Rush" alumni Dakota Fred and son Justin persevere in the face of long odds, risking their lives for a fortune they may never realize. Assisted by a team of intrepid divers, mountaineers and bush mechanics, the Dakota Boys explore the white water rapids of McKinley Creek in Alaska, diving deep in raging torrents with a suction dredge. Not only could one wrong move prove deadly, but the guys also face wild animals, extreme temperatures and hypothermia.
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"Yukon Gold" follows four gold-mining crews who have merely four months in Canada's wild Yukon to earn a big payday. Fighting an impossibly short mining season and with their savings on the line, they work against difficulties to dig the precious ore out of the ground. The crews battle mechanical breakdowns, the elements and 18-hour days under the midnight sun -- all because of gold fever -- and it keeps them coming back year after year for another chance to wager it all.
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Greenhorn gold miners George Wright and Scott Lomu put everything on the line -- their lives included -- to hit pay dirt in the gold-rich and danger-filled jungles of Ghana. It's Africa's second largest gold-producing country, so finding the precious metal isn't the hard part. That would be exporting it, as Wright and Lomu have to mine through such obstacles as armed locals and illegal miners to get the gold home. The partners need to make at least $150,000, the amount they borrowed to cure their gold fever brought on when each took a financial bath in the 2008 real estate market crash.
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