Ask the Experts
August 2014 by Chris RalphWhat are the tell signs of garnet deposits?
My girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...
I had been busy representing the Prospecting and Mining Journal this spring, but prospecting season finally arrived and I’ve been out digging for nuggets—I’ve even found a few. I know a number of prospectors who are armed with new metal detectors and headed to the hills to look for that precious yellow stuff.
Down around 10 or 12 inches I hit a large cobble that appeared to be one type of hot rock for this area. I thought bad things about the new technology until I checked the rock.
Designing my own dredge...
...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Chances are better that both types of gold did not come from the same source. Let's look at the probable conditions to cause two types of gold in a placer.
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