Cold Water Gold
December 2011 by Tom LeftwichIt was June 2011, and my wife Fran and I with Grandson Lucas and good friend Ernie Cruz were attempting to get to our gold mining claim on the Middle Fork of the Feather River about ten miles from Quincy, California. Rain had poured down in the previous few days and the road in a large number of low places was under water. Following two hours of slugging through the mud...
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
Potholes in bedrock can trap placer minerals and even be glory holes. They are, at least, interesting geologic phenomena, and at best, a treasure trove of gold nuggets.
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Plumas has been historically rich in gold because of its favorable geology. The Melones Fault trends north-south through the county and many rich gold-bearing districts lie along its course.
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
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