How Long Does It Take to Find and Recover An Ounce of Gold?
June 2019 by Chris Ralph
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
A while back I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous gold mines in all of California, the Original Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany.
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.
Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.
One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.
Adam’s condition had been deteriorating every step of the way. At times, I could only coax him ten or twenty feet before he laid down again. He refused to eat or drink. At this point, I realized we might not get out of the canyon by dark and might need help getting Adam out at all.
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