California State and US National Panning Championships
November 2014 by Don RobinsonOver 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.
Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.
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.
Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...
There is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.
The names attached to these areas came about from many sources. Many are easy to see why the name was given while others had a more contrasting note to them.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
The Bawl Mill • Gemstones to Die For • The Dredge Report • Guinea Africa: Gold, Ebola, and A Monkey Barbecue • Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits • The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold • Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II • A Golden Summer • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices