How to Research Prospecting Locations and Mining Claims
April 2020 by David Hughes
If you are interested in researching mining claims for any purpose, you will first have to decipher the BLM’s LR2000, a Rube Goldberg database seemingly designed by a 1980s Soviet-era computer hacker.
After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.
The technique I will describe is a much safer alternative and it works. It’s a fine-gold panning technique that eliminates the need for mercury amalgamation of most placer samples.
It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
In some areas these channels were thousands of feet wide, and just figuring out where you are in some of these diggings is a challenge.
The story began in a southern Arizona mountain range...
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