Ask The Experts
May 2016 by Chris Ralph
• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?
These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.
It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
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