Electronic Prospecting: The Hunt for Coarse Gold
September 2022 by Cal Kellogg
Standing on the edge of the canyon just after daybreak, I was filled with equal measures of excitement and trepidation.
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With one outstretched hand grasping the bottle and the other waving at air, I moved forward feeling for the tent. No tent. No tree.
I worked my way to a flat area along a ridge where I could see a quartz blowout. As I got within 100 feet of it, I started seeing rock that I knew to be associated with gold.
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Gold trapped in the cracks can be encrusted close to the walls or mixed with sand and pebbles, making the gold difficult to see and then extract. Crevicing requires a lot of patience to achieve positive results.
Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.
Ray followed up by detecting the same area and I was happy to see that he did not find any good targets in the same line. So far so good.
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