A Trip Down the Yukon River
April 2013 by C.A. "Charlie" CookMy girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...
As I started walking down to the river one chilly morning, the mist was hanging over the calm portions of the water like a white cotton blanket. This scene got me to thinking about why the river was like that—the deep pools, boulder fields, gravel bars, the effects of how much water was moving at any given time along the watercourse—and most of all the relationship all these things have on where I will be able to find gold.
So much of gold detecting depends on attention to detail. Every gold area offers its own distinct geological markers and as prospectors we must pick up on those markers.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
There is a material processing principle widely used in large milling operations to improve recovery that is poorly understood by most of the micro-mining and prospecting community...
The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.
Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.
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