Breaking Rock the Old School Way
June 2013 by Chris RalphProspectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.
We chose this particular area because an old channel had run here at one point and had been heavily worked on top of a mountain hilltop. Erosion patterns cut deeply on each side, leaving the channel exposed. The erosion cut sharply, dropping into ravines far below.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
You might think that gold prospecting techniques are basically the same everywhere, and in many instances you’d be correct. Some geographical locations, however, due to their unique geological conditions, present unusual challenges...
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
I love it when I am in the middle of a high trash area and all the ferrous bars go away, the screen number goes to a three or an eight, and the meter is forty to a hundred. I don’t know for sure that I have found gold, but it narrows the odds down.
Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.
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