Prospecting & Detecting
Give That Club Claim A Chance
August 2015 by Joe ChmielMy first trip to the claim was the tip-off that there might be larger gold to be found. I brought my puffer drywasher and my dad to a local prospecting club outing that was held at the claim.
High Sierra Gold
Join Cal on an adventure in the Califonria high Sierras!
Sampling for Success—Part II
The first and most important thing of the sampling process is to try to be as unbiased as possible. There is a natural tendency to select rock that looks the best—even unconsciously.
Drywashing for Fine Gold
When working fine gold placers with a drywasher, there are some natural variables that can be beneficial as well as others that can be a hindrance to achieving good recovery.
Ask The Experts
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
Time Well Spent
Time is a commodity which if traded would dwarf the price of gold. Nobody has enough of it; we can’t make more of it; and whether squandered or spent wisely, once gone, it’s gone forever. To find gold we have to spend time.
The Value of Old Patches
Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.
California Gold Adventure
All locations gave up some gold, but one particular section of exposed bedrock with steep, packed crevices kept giving us good, consistent results. We had found our spot.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts • Ask The Experts • Detecting During Summer Heat • Surviving The Boom and Bust Cycle • A Great Day On The Feather River • Prospecting for Silver Deposits • From Curiosity to Mine Owner • Gold and Rare Earth Elements in New Mexico • Will El Nino Move Gold for Miners and End California Drought? • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
Legislative and Regulatory Update • MMAC & PLP Update -- Rand Mining District Gets Organized