Ask The Experts
May 2016 by Chris Ralph
• Can I get advice on a hard rock property in Calaveras County, California?
One of the first minerals most prospectors learn to recognize is quartz, because, in the right circumstances, it can be an excellent indicator mineral for prospectors. Quartz is common, easy to identify, and is often associated with gold and other valuable metal deposits.
It’s a common symptom of gold fever for miners to be very hesitant to let go of gold they’ve found or even have it made into jewelry. I confess, I suffer from the same incurable disease!
I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.
We decided to run a detector over each piece. If we got a decent signal we placed the piece into a high-grade pile and the rest went into another pile to be worked on later. This high-grade pile wasn’t that large—maybe 25 pounds...
Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.
Of course, I know a bit about crevicing, but Steve seems to really have a knack for it, and I’m all about continual learning. I can always learn a few tricks from the pros.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
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