Getting A Successful Start in Metal Detecting for Gold
March 2015 by Michael GreyshockOnce you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could know if there is gold in the ground without setting foot on the ground? Well you can, to a certain extent, if you can recognize mined ground from unmined.
Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.
The whole purpose of sampling mineralized ground is to measure the values in a small volume of material that would be representative of a much larger volume of similar material. The key word is representative. Chemical and fire assaying will not accurately represent placer deposits by themselves.
My hunch was that the gold is coming down the apron, falling off to both sides and into both gulches. I say that because the gold we found previously has the same characteristics and color across the entire area.
Prospectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.
The biggest nugget I have found detecting here was three grams and the following weekend someone found a 9-gram nugget while detecting. Some have even found quarter-ounce nuggets, with one being a chevron nugget.
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