Alaska: Kodiak Islands Mineral Resources
March 2016 by Jim HalloranThe fresh material is worked and concentrated by the waves on the flat, wide beach platform. The waves wash away the lighter minerals, leaving the heavies near the bluffs and in depressions on the beach.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
…some miners are doing exceptionally well… with a few obtaining amounts estimated in the millions of dollars.
Only the richest ores could be worked and shipped off for processing at a profit. As a result, early mining in the southern part of the Humboldt Range was short-lived. In the 1880s, placers were discovered in Spring Valley and American Valley on the east side of the range...
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
I set up my dry washer on the north side of the cut and sampled the bed rock and dumps around me. As I was only sampling, I ran for 20-30 minutes, shoveling from a variety of areas.
The interesting thing about the Mother Lode area is that we can pretty much find at least a little gold in any creek or river (and even in some of the many dry gulches).
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