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For 170 years, the gold deposits along Sierra streambeds have been so poked and prodded that easy supplies of the precious metal have grown scarce and are a challenge to find. This spring’s raging rivers are regifting them. … [G]litter suddenly illuminated the inky black sand. A half bucket of material yielded 12 showy specks — nearly a tenth of a gram of gold, worth about $7 — about double the typical haul in previous years. Prospectors call it “flood gold” — fine-sized flakes carried by alluvial waters and then deposited as flow recedes.