Hunches, Choices and Guesses
September 2013 by Chris RalphWhen you approach a location, even if you've been there before, you should consider all the factors and conditions present at the site. This includes both natural and man-made factors.
The holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.
So let’s dive in and see what I can do to convince you that this is the year you should be out staking your own claims.
Some of the gold is placer that was beat up as it traveled; however, quite a bit of the gold is pocket gold that is running along the surface in this area.
I poked my head out of the water and said, “You won’t believe what I am going to show you!”
On my final prospecting day of 2020, I went up to a spot where I had found gold years before and had my best day of the year—four nuggets for nearly one-quarter-ounce of gold.
I like to think in terms of “conductive mass” because it is a combination of both the conductivity of the metal and the size of the target that determine how a detector sees conductivity.
There are times when being able to recognize a type of rock can make you a much more successful prospector.
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