Gold Deposits of Montana
March 2013 by Chris Ralph
Historically, Montana has been an important gold producer, in terms of both lodes and placers, and it still produces gold for the prospector today.
Ray followed up by detecting the same area and I was happy to see that he did not find any good targets in the same line. So far so good.
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
Perhaps the most notable thing about skim placers is that they form on the top surface of gravel bars, as opposed to coarser gold placers where the weight of the gold particles allows the gold to settle down on or near bedrock.
I love it when I am in the middle of a high trash area and all the ferrous bars go away, the screen number goes to a three or an eight, and the meter is forty to a hundred. I don’t know for sure that I have found gold, but it narrows the odds down.
Detecting is not very complicated and the rewards can be tremendous. The difference between success and fruitless toiling can be remedied by a few small adjustments and a whole lot of perseverance.
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