A Few Prospecting Notes From Jim Straight
November 2002 by Jim StraightThe article that appeared in the October 2002 Issue of ICMJ, “Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter,” by Lunk, is an example of how to use a “deep-seeking-type” metal detector to lay down a grid pattern to “mine” eluvial placer gold after prospecting and finding the first nugget as the locus.
I got to Silver City late on a Friday night (OK, it was 2:30am Saturday morning), and the first few snowflakes began to fall as I pulled into the campsite.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
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If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.
I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.
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