Guinea Africa: Gold, Ebola, and A Monkey Barbecue
November 2014 by Bryon TolleDoubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
Every Spanish village seems to hold their pride in one unique area of expertise. Pamplona has its bulls, Barcelona its architecture, and gold panning belongs to Navelgas.
Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.
I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.
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.
Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.
So, I took the plunge. I decided on the maximum I would pay for the claim, then placed my bid. A day later I received a congratulations e-mail that I was the high bidder, and oh, by the way, send us your money.
The old report I read indicated all they ever did was dig some trenches and take samples. It sounded to me like a good place to take my metal detector...
The Bawl Mill • Gemstones to Die For • The Dredge Report • Geobotany: Plants Associated With Mineral Deposits • The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold • Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II • A Golden Summer • California State and US National Panning Championships • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices