Detector Brings New Life to An Old Lode Mine
August 2018 by Scott Harn
…it was immediately evident the previous owner had not been using a detector. During just a few months of working the dumps part-time, he recovered gold in quartz specimens valued in excess of $40,000.
There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.
Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.
At the end of the day, Jerry showed me how to clean out the sluice box and then how to pan out the concentrates. As we finished panning, there it was—a little tiny smile of gold...
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
Q: Will my detector react to fine gold?
Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
It’s accepted knowledge that wet methods will recover more fine gold than dry methods and processing the gravel as a whole will get more gold than only using a metal detector. The question is how much more?
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