A Few Tips and Tricks for Beach Mining
June 2015 by R L RossWhen you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
During my adventures I’ve learned a few key best practices that help me to consistently find gold nuggets with my detectors. You can apply many of these best practices to any type of prospecting. These best practices are really common sense; however, they are easy to neglect.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
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.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
Anyone who has found a patch knows the difficulties involved. Those who haven’t can guess, and with any effort will soon realize it.
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