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August 2014 by Randy SmithCentrifugal bowls versus jigs
This stringer was where it was not supposed to be, and it contained nuggets that were not supposed to be there.
The gold was very chunky and much of it had quartz attached. Even back then I knew that the gold was very close to its source.
...I decided to excavate the semi-frozen high-bank that was resting on a soft shale bedrock footing. Within three feet, I encountered an intrusive!
Once I have established the presence of gold in the sample, I collect five-gallon bucket quantities of the rock material for processing back at my shop.
Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.
This project taught me that you don’t need to be Albert Einstein to apply a little science to your prospecting. I learned that most of the science related to suction dredging is actually common sense. All we need to do is take the time to apply it.
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