An Alaskan in the Lower 48
July 2013 by Steve HerschbachOur destination was some old hydraulic workings where the old miners had washed literally mountains of material away to expose gold in ancient river channels.
My first clean-up showed that my efforts were not in vain. There was considerable color with some good-sized nuggets in the riffle trap.
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
At one time or another, many miners will look seriously at purchasing a mining claim...Usually it’s a significant financial commitment, so how do you know if you are getting a good deal?
Some will doubt its value given the ultra-fine particle size… Some will become encouraged about not having to incur significant time and expense to break rock.
Our destination was some old hydraulic workings where the old miners had washed literally mountains of material away to expose gold in ancient river channels.
I will have to admit, I actually was brought to tears just thinking about what I had just done. I knew the gold was there, but I never thought I would be so fortunate to find such a prize nugget.
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