Prospecting & Detecting
Clues for Detecting Ancient River Channels and Flats
March 2021 by Ray Mills
The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.
Placer Sampling for the Small-Scale Miner
I have seen many samples taken originally with an eye toward getting the highest grades possible, but later someone claims that those results represent an average grade of the whole gravel deposit.
All About Native Silver
Some of the wire forms are strange and fantastic, with wires sticking out in twisted, seemingly random directions. Others have deformed crystals and all of them have significant value to collectors.
Over the Divide: Retta Atkins & Darren VanHouten
Dry Washing to Capture Fine Gold
There may be lots of smaller gold I cannot hear with a detector, but it looks just fine in my pan once it is out of the crevice.
Ask The Experts
Designing my own dredge...
Geology of Placer Deposits: Reading a River
Detecting Strategies for Heavily Forested Areas
Looking for nugget laden bedrock in forested mountain regions, you first need to explore the banks of the gold-bearing streams and look for the bedrock that is exposed as this is your starting point.
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