Gold Too Big to Carry
September 2012 by Michael GreyshockThere is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
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.
The red dot on the diagram points out where the gravels there were also carrying, but not as much color. The gold was sparse below the point indicated.
Old mine workings and tailing piles can represent opportunities on many levels, from the chance to simply find a nugget on up to the commercial reworking of the old tailings for profit.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
The Bawl Mill • Cold Alaskan Gold—Part I • Wild and Scenic River Prospecting—North Fork of the American River • Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them • Potholes and Other Bedrock Traps • Financing by the Crowd • Wealth Beyond Your Wildest Imagination • The World of the Simple Gold Pan • New Silver and Zinc Mine Slated for Montana • Eastern Oregon Mine Seeks Permits • Mining Returns to Historic Comstock • BLM Issues Environmental Review of Wyoming Uranium Mine • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices