Following Clues to a Lost Gold Deposit—The Northern Extension of the Cedarberg
April 2012 by Don RobinsonLast month, in “Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit,” I ended the article with the direction that we were on the hunt! We were getting prepared and ready to roll with our detectors, then snow came, and lots of it. We had already found the seam diggings mine on the mountainside in wild, rough brush and trees. It had been well hidden.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
Once indicators start showing up along or below a contact I start to get excited. When I have shale, and outcroppings of diorite with iron-red, gritty soil and some clay thrown in, I really get lightheaded. I may be a mile away from the nearest diggings but that’s okay. I just found a spot that could provide some nice nugget hunting.
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
It is the eighth largest brown diamond to be found and certified by park staff.
I have a bunch of ideas about what to do in the near term and then other thoughts about what things might look like a few months from now when I hope the situation will look a lot better.
I like to think in terms of “conductive mass” because it is a combination of both the conductivity of the metal and the size of the target that determine how a detector sees conductivity.
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