Ask the Experts
March 2014 by Chris RalphBreaking cemented gravels
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.
Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
One of the first minerals most prospectors learn to recognize is quartz, because, in the right circumstances, it can be an excellent indicator mineral for prospectors. Quartz is common, easy to identify, and is often associated with gold and other valuable metal deposits.
He began hiking my way and was as astonished as I was when he saw it. Another high five moment! It makes you wonder how long this gold had just been sitting there on the ground.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
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