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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 piles up gold and makes a big move; Rick banks his biggest haul of the year; Dustin is driven to extremes hunting for new ground; Fred shuts down; Tony goes off the beaten path to keep his operation running; Dave prospects two new lost mines.
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Rick brings in a secret weapon in his hunt for nuggets; Tony faces a catastrophic issue; Parker bets on a greenhorn.
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Parker gambles big and splits his crew in search of a massive score; Rick calls in a mining legend to save his season; the Beets move heaven and earth to get all three kids bringing in gold; the miners answer burning questions.
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To strike it rich, gold miners take huge risks, which sometimes leads to epic fails and major screw ups, including flipped rock trucks, burning wash plants, sunken excavators, and more.
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Dustin cleans up with his biggest gold haul, unaware of a deadly situation with Fred; after pulling the plug on his operation, Rick gets thrown a lifeline; Dozer Dave hunts for a new lost gold mine; Parker and Tony battle frozen pay dirt.
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Parker gambles big and splits his crew in search of a massive score; Rick calls in a mining legend to save his season; the Beets move heaven and earth to get all three kids bringing in gold.
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Rick tries to outsmart a vital piece of equipment that has a mind of its own; Parker splurges on a brand new toy to get more gold; the Beets bring in a hired gun to turn around their season.
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An engineering disaster shuts Rick down; Parker sinks a ton of money into a new claim; Tony gets a third operation running.
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Tensions rise when Parker introduces a new crew member and a radical plan; the Beets run a crucial test that could make or break their season.
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Rick races to get Monster Red running after losing his only way to mine gold; a dangerous storm shuts down Parker's operation; the Beets family pushes to get Monica's potentially gold-rich cut up and running.
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Rick buys a monster wash plant; a flood puts Tony's new claim in jeopardy; Parker needs to move Big Red in record time; Dustin's crew finds a claim, but must make it through the waterfall's pound zone; Fred introduces a miner.
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Parker throws down a huge engineering challenge to his team; Rick decides to make a major upgrade to his operation; Mike and Monica Beets team up to open more ground.
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Parker second guesses the ground he's mining and questions his new foremen; Tony Beets makes a big decision to move the family's entire operation; Rick's mechanic arrives at a critical moment.
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Rick and his father fly into the mountains on a treasure hunt for massive nuggets; Tony and Monica investigate a gold hot spot the old dredges may have missed; Parker makes a decision about his crew that could determine the fate of his season.
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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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Todd, Jack and their crew leave their homes with hopes of striking gold in Alaska; Todd and Jack clash as they face challenges that threaten to shut down the season.
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Rick races to get Monster Red running after losing his only way to mine gold; Parker sinks money into a new claim; the Beets family runs a test on daughter Monica's Hunker Creek claim that could make or break their season.
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Parker bets millions on his crew sluicing in record time, but things don't go as planned; Rick rushes to fire up his wash plant and find big nuggets; a showdown on the Indian River sends a Klondike legend scrambling.
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Parker's quest to find the mother lode in Papua New Guinea sends him deep into the jungle where he joins locals in a sacrifice to appease the spirits; one final cleanup and gold weigh determines if he strikes it big in Kuta Village.

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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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The gold rush in Alaska isn't confined to the state's precious ground. It's taking place on the sea ... or more accurately, on the bottom of the frigid Bering Sea. This series, from the creators of the Emmy-winning "Deadliest Catch," follows four gold dredges and their eccentric and driven crews who risk their lives to find as much gold as possible before winter sets in and it's too dangerous to dive. The custom-built rigs, some barely seaworthy, include an 80-foot barge run by the most successful gold dredger in Nome, Alaska, and a modified skiff that seats only two people.
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Despite striking it rich mining in his home state of Alaska, "Gold Rush" star Parker Schnabel isn't satisfied. He's always wondered if he could follow in the footsteps of his forebears and take on the legendary Klondike Gold Rush trail. Wonder no more. In honor of his family -- especially his beloved grandfather, who always inspired him to push beyond his limits -- Parker attempts to mimic a journey that killed thousands of brave souls in the late 19th century. As winter closes in, he begins the trek across the Coastal Range and works his way to the fabled goldfields of the Klondike. He's joined by his foreman, Rick Ness; wilderness guide Karla Ann, who once worked with Parker as a rock truck driver; and cameramen James Levelle, who has known Parker for years.
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