Cold Alaskan Gold—Part II
October 2012 by Chris RalphI decided to focus my attention on some exposed bedrock that was along a little stream only about 100 yards from our cabins. My very first pan full of gravel showed several nice small flakes that were just big enough to be picked up with my fingers. That first pan showed that indeed there was some very nice gold to be had here...
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
After pinpointing and recovery, he had his first nugget of channel gold in his hand. This was also his first nugget with the new detector.
Easing around the bedrock ledges and rock hopping, Terry and I came out into the open and were looking at a nice run of bedrock.
Exposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.
So, I took the plunge. I decided on the maximum I would pay for the claim, then placed my bid. A day later I received a congratulations e-mail that I was the high bidder, and oh, by the way, send us your money.
What do you do when you’ve located a promising deposit of gold or gemstones, but it’s trapped in solid rock?
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