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ground sluice

noun, Mining.
a trench, cut through a placer or through bedrock, through which a stream is diverted in order to dislodge and wash the gravel.
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ground-sluicer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • After the dirt has all been put through the ground-sluice, it is cleaned up in a short board-sluice, or a tom.

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