Iron Minerals, Your Detector and Gold
January 2013 by Chris RalphIt’s worthwhile for the prospector using a metal detector to know a little bit more about the association of iron and gold as well as how iron minerals affect your metal detector.
Heading for Australia to metal detect for gold. Tips? Suggestions?
• The 75-ounce Butte County nugget is the largest found in California since the 156-ounce Mojave nugget in the 1970s...
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
Some of the items that I’m going to go over are outcroppings, ditches, exploratory trenches and contacts/surface materials. I am going to speak about each of the above items in as much detail as I can, and then towards the end of this article I will tie them together.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
I suspect detailed geological mapping and prospecting would lead to discovery of one or more overlooked gold deposits in the district even though it has been heavily prospected in the past.
I am going to suggest dozens of ways you can increase suction power, dredge to greater depths, and improve recovery methods in your sluice box.
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