Gold Deposition and Gradients of Placer Streams—Part I
June 2012 by Jim HalloranWhen placer miners from the gold rush era began experimenting with the slope of their sluices, they must have pondered the ideal slope for trapping gold in a creek bed too. Logic suggests the same is true for streams...
Alaska is getting a lot of interest these days, not least because of all the gold prospecting shows on television. Hardly a month seems to pass without some new prospecting show being announced, and a couple of the most popular feature Alaska.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
The truth is that cemented gravels are really not all that complex. There is no mystery of how gold grew there or somehow wormed its way into these solid gravels.
• Do as I say, not as I do...
• By the numbers...
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
Historically, Montana has been an important gold producer, in terms of both lodes and placers, and it still produces gold for the prospector today.
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