Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit
March 2012 by Don RobinsonMany years ago I was in the American Canyon. I remembered a few details about a placer deposit there, so we decided to make a trip down and re-check some of these old workings.
If you are interested in researching mining claims for any purpose, you will first have to decipher the BLM’s LR2000, a Rube Goldberg database seemingly designed by a 1980s Soviet-era computer hacker.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
It is important to note that discrimination is a type of electronic filtering. The signal is analyzed, and depending on the discrimination setting, identified as either a target to be dug or a target to be ignored.
How to go about the entire process of prospecting is a big question. The answer comes down to research and preparation.
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