Ask the Experts
September 2014 by Chris Ralph• Using drywashers to work desert gravels
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
Not long after this, I was camped out with the geologist beside the Similkameen River where he showed me the evidence that an ancient channel existed on our claim.
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.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
I have always enjoyed finding things. As a kid and up through college I searched for arrowheads, rocks and fossils. One day I saw an ad for a metal detector in a magazine, and a week later I was digging up everyone’s yard...
...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.
The biggest nugget I have found detecting here was three grams and the following weekend someone found a 9-gram nugget while detecting. Some have even found quarter-ounce nuggets, with one being a chevron nugget.
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