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April 2015 by Chris Ralph• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
Our destination was some old hydraulic workings where the old miners had washed literally mountains of material away to expose gold in ancient river channels.
It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.
Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.
There is always an overwhelming feeling when finding gold of any size, but one like this doesn’t come along very often.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
It is better in a gem and mineral mining operation that the driller, blaster and mucker be the same person in order to be able to predict placement of the desired mineral enriched pockets.
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