Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft
November 2018 by Associated Press
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
Dredges actually do pretty well in freezing conditions. There are a few tips you should know, however.
The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
I am learning more about gold deposition in this area than I knew previously. I am passing this information on with the hope that many of you will be able to locate patches and lines a little easier in the future because of this article.
Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
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