Following the Clues
May 2019 by Ray Mills
It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.
The mine site consists of river gravels from an ancient channel covering over 20 acres, and the place is covered with very large river rock and small tree overgrowth.
We continue to seek out a patented mining property with an owner who is willing to host such an event with a water supply and enough remaining gold to make it worthwhile for the students.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.
Some will doubt its value given the ultra-fine particle size… Some will become encouraged about not having to incur significant time and expense to break rock.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
I recently grew complacent, and it caused me to make a mistake that resulted in the loss of a mining claim. It brought my mining plans for the summer to a complete halt.
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