Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: When a Gold Prospector Goes to a Diamond Mine
July 2021 by Harry Griffin
As a gold prospector for the past ten years, I thought that I had a fair understanding of the steps necessary to find gemstones.
In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
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.
The names attached to these areas came about from many sources. Many are easy to see why the name was given while others had a more contrasting note to them.
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
I thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.
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.
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