Heavy Glacial Rocks and Gold in the Midwest
December 2013 by Chuck LassiterOver the years, I've noticed a pattern in the type of rocks associated with the best gold deposits in Midwestern glacial gravel.
Most of our gold recoveries have been in the cracks of the bedrock. Hot rocks in the form of dikes cross the creek at various locations, causing us to skip those areas.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
On my weekends off I spent many hours dredging the Second Broad River from Cane Creek Road up to the headwaters. I used a three-inch dredge with air and graduated to a five-inch with air.
This time we took the detectors. Roger had worked that spot very well and wanted to see if my new detector would uncover any gold he might have missed.
In my early days of nugget hunting things were fairly simple. Just headphones, a pack, a detector and a small pick were all I needed for my search for great wealth.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
Some experienced panners with the vigor and longevity to spend a full day panning in the small creeks and ravines can possibly find as much as a gram or more on a good day.
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