Gold in Alaska
March 2010 by W. Dan HauselThe harsh Alaskan environment delayed serious prospecting and mining for decades and still continues to stymie exploration activity even though there are likely dozens of hidden major and world-class gold and base metal deposits.
Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.
Over the years, I’ve proved to myself over and over again that I don’t have to wait many weeks after rains before I head out to the goldfields to do some gold digging.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The design of metal detectors well-suited for prospecting is an interesting process and not necessarily an easy one to achieve. It is a combination that blends the desires of what prospectors would like, the requirements of sales people and dealers, with the science and physics of what the electronics can achieve.
...miners, prospectors and mining related businesses are discovering that capital investments in equipment, machinery and other business assets are more affordable today than ever before.
The Christmas and New Year holidays were over and thoughts were slowly returning to normal after the hectic holiday pace both at work and home. As the festivities died away, an old familiar urge began growing...
...this time, instead of swarming over streams and gravel beds teasing out flakes of the precious metal, miners may have found the fabled and elusive mother lode.
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