Ask the Experts
August 2014 by Chris RalphWhat are the tell signs of garnet deposits?
We are both very experienced working this type of ground, and we quickly found the pay layer where we would focus our efforts. The bedrock has good gold, but so does the red hard pan.
Excited for this first notable evidence, I returned to that riverbed, looking for another paystreak and obviously more jade.
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.
Looking at the exceptions to the basic rules is sort of an advanced prospecting discussion, but the readers of ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal are plenty able to handle it.
The fine art of panning heavy sands requires a measure of patience. If you enjoy panning gold, you ought to enjoy this too, once you get the hang of it.
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
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