This year most of the mining focus from those outside of Nome
has been on the ocean dredging.
Historically, mining the minerals found in the ground, has been much more important.
Pictured above are a couple of small operations that have been working for a few summers.
One lucky miner found two good-sized nuggets this year not far from here,
on his first trip to the Arctic!
Next year, he said he will bring his wife.....