Finding Streams of Gold
September 2014 by Ray MillsWithout knowing or even thinking about it, I had put together a map that showed me a pattern of the ancient Sacramento River channel. I also had a distinct picture of where the ancient channels of several other creeks and rivers were running.
Your odds of going home with gold will be higher using the discrimination mode, even if you might have misread one of the targets you rejected.
Most of our gold recoveries have been in the cracks of the bedrock. Hot rocks in the form of dikes cross the creek at various locations, causing us to skip those areas.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
Watching for these areas is one of my primary targets during the winter. It doesn’t take but a few inches of the surface moving away to give a fantastic target response that you didn’t hear prior to the washing of the surface.
The fact that mineral deposits can contribute specific types of heavy minerals is why the analysis of the heavy mineral concentrates in the streams of an area can be an important prospecting technique for finding undiscovered mineral deposits.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
Some gems can potentially poison you, make you sterile and even make you forget who you are.
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