Holcomb Valley Gold, Southern California
April 2020 by Dan Stanton
The first time I found gold in the creek here is when I decided to try a new place to drywash on a hill not far from the dirt path I was on.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
I was amazed and surprised, and I took a moment to admire how beautiful this coarse chunk of gold was. It later weighed exactly one-half ounce.
I didn’t know what to expect because the area we were working was not close to the water, but we were pleasantly surprised when we began to pan out some nice flakes and a few pickers.
I have seen many samples taken originally with an eye toward getting the highest grades possible, but later someone claims that those results represent an average grade of the whole gravel deposit.
It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.
Because quartz and gold may be deposited together across a considerable range of temperatures, not all quartz veins are the same, and there are several different types of gold-quartz deposits.
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