Ganes Creek Hits 10 Years—Part I
May 2012 by Steve HerschbachFind huge gold nuggets with your metal detector! That has been the promise, and for a lucky group of detectorists in the Ganes Creek “Pound Club” the reality of finding gold at Ganes Creek, Alaska.
He began hiking my way and was as astonished as I was when he saw it. Another high five moment! It makes you wonder how long this gold had just been sitting there on the ground.
I remember in the couple of years after that 1997 flood, prospectors around California did very well, taking ounces of gold from places that had not yielded any gold for years before that.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
Confluences of placer streams are well known as concentration sites for heavy minerals. The basic reason is that...
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.
My first clean-up showed that my efforts were not in vain. There was considerable color with some good-sized nuggets in the riffle trap.
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
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