Ask the Experts
March 2014 by Chris RalphBreaking cemented gravels
Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
The signal I was hearing was coming from a vertical bedrock crack on the bank of the creek. I removed my backpack, took out my crevicing tools and started to clean out the crack when I saw a glint of gold.
So let’s dive in and see what I can do to convince you that this is the year you should be out staking your own claims.
Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.
We decided to check some spots that were pretty good to us on previous trips. The detector was deceptively simple with few buttons and auto-ground balance.
Has anyone made it through childhood, or even adulthood, without at least one dream of finding gold or buried treasure? It is the stuff of daydreams—the kindling for the flame of hope. We so long for it that we eagerly accept stories and maps from friends and strangers alike that promise us fame and fortune.
The Alaska state government has been trying to keep up with and maybe even stay on top of the situation by studying the problems associated with rapid growth and how to solve them.
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