Dredging Do's and Don'ts
April 2021 by Doug Clary
I’d start the day by crawling out of my dome tent, cooking up some Spam and eggs, and heating water for instant coffee on the Coleman stove.
There is a major change coming in the economy of the world and now is the time for prospectors and miners to grab a ticket and get on board.
There is always an overwhelming feeling when finding gold of any size, but one like this doesn’t come along very often.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
Hearty trees, shrubs and plants are a product of the soil conditions in which they grow, so it makes sense that roots near an ore deposit will take on nutrients containing metals if they are present.
The first location we worked was a small, dry ravine cutting through many mineralized zones in an area where some hard rock mining had taken place in the past.
The burning question I needed answered was why didn’t the deposit ever get mined of at least one of the valuable minerals? A couple of reasons have come to light.
The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me.
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