Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part III
June 2014 by Steve HerschbachThe higher the sensitivity setting, the louder and sharper the signal from a gold nugget or other metal target.
As I planned for my trips, I concentrated on how to lighten my pack yet still carry enough gear to make the trip productive and enjoyable.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
And we eventually reached gold. It was a winding crevice of beautiful white quartz lined with small nuggets and loaded with fine gold. There were flakes and small granular pieces—there had to be a hundred or more.
They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
I began detecting at the bottom of the gully and started making my way upstream. About mid-way there was a nice, flat stretch for about ten feet.
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
There are both hard rock and beach sand types of titanium deposits, but the hard rock deposits need to be at least 10 percent titanium while the beach sands often are economic with only two or three percent titanium.
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