Follow the Line
February 2018 by Ray Mills
Four nuggets, ranging from one to four pennyweight, had been found originally. All four nuggets were found in a line about ten feet apart from each other.
A week later, a small team of us hit it again, and this time the gold really showed up.
Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.
I cleared the connector by poking a small Phillips screwdriver through it. To ensure the bore was clean, I dunked the connector into some water and then blew it clean with my shop air compressor.
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.
Setting up a gravity dredge
These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
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