June 2013 by Jim HalloranConfluences of placer streams are well known as concentration sites for heavy minerals. The basic reason is that...
The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
So, how much rain does it take to cause a major movement of gravels in a stream and redistribute the gold? The technical answer is enough water to move the bed load of the river.
Join Cal on an adventure in the Califonria high Sierras!
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
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