4 Keys to Successful Nugget Hunting
February 2012 by Chris RalphLots of prospectors are trying out nugget detecting for the first time and finding out that it isn’t all that easy. In fact, in my opinion, metal detecting for nuggets is perhaps the most difficult form of prospecting that one can take on.
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.
The metal is expensive, not because it is rare but because of the expense to produce and work it. The minerals mined for titanium are all oxides, unlike many base metals that are mostly mined as sulfide minerals.
The holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
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