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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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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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Parker prospects the Fitzgeralds' virgin ground and makes a big discovery; in Montana, Dave and his crew risk the claim owner's trust when they cut a fence to access ground; The Dirt returns with Parker and Dave's teams.
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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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As the Yukon freezes, Parker Schnabel sets his sights on buying a gold-rich claim in Australia; with the help of third-generation Aussie prospector, Tyler Mahoney, Parker takes his team Down Under in search of ground he can mine year-round.
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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.
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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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Parker prospects a claim owned by a tight-knit family with more gold than anything he's seen in the Klondike. In Montana, Freddy Dodge puts Team Turin on rich glacial gold. The Dirt goes behind the scenes with Parker's crew and reveals Team Turin's MVP.
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Parker seeks a gold-rich claim in Australia he can mine year-round; Aussie miner Tyler Mahoney leads Parker to the richest ground and largest nuggets he's ever seen; at Birdseye Mine in Montana, Freddy Dodge gives Team Turin a major new lead.
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Rugged terrain pushes Parker's heavy machinery skills to their limit, forcing him to attempt one dangerous maneuver after another in his quest to open a legendary lost gold mine.
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Driven to find a lost gold mine, Parker joins forces with the grandson of a legendary gold miner in search of a hidden El Dorado lost since World War II.
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Parker navigates the volatile and lawless town surrounding Porgera, one of the world's largest and most profitable gold mines, as he and the team try to gain access to the huge gold pit.
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Parker embarks on a quest to find better land for a local mining operation and races to build a custom piece of mining equipment that will limit exposure to a deadly chemical used to extract gold.

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