Hunting for Hardrock: The Basics
December 2013 by Alex DolbeareExposed veins and outcroppings can be a great source for gathering good gold ore for processing. Veins and outcroppings do require a lot of work to free the ore from its earthen grip, but this labor can be very rewarding.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
That is the course and intention for this article—to wander through some of the lessons I have learned in my thirty-two years of metal detecting and prospecting.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.
Over the years, I've noticed a pattern in the type of rocks associated with the best gold deposits in Midwestern glacial gravel.
“The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars...”
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