Prospecting & Detecting
Late Fall Drywashing
January 2022 by Chris Ralph
Part of the good thing about this spot is that it is not that far from my home in the famous Virginia City mining district. Not everyone knows this, but the first discoveries around that area were gold placers.
Easing around the bedrock ledges and rock hopping, Terry and I came out into the open and were looking at a nice run of bedrock.
Before I tell you what dredging backwards is, I’ll tell you why my team and I decided to give this very unconventional dredging method a try.
A Few Pointers About Cracks and Crevices
Because these crevices catch and hold gold so well, it's worthwhile to learn how they form, which ones are good for catching gold and which ones are not.
Introduction to Meteorites
Quartzsite Gives Up Some Big Gold
There is always an overwhelming feeling when finding gold of any size, but one like this doesn’t come along very often.
Back to Green Valley--With A Sluice
As I planned for my trips, I concentrated on how to lighten my pack yet still carry enough gear to make the trip productive and enjoyable.
Dry Washer, Wet System or Metal Detector?
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Geophysics or drilling? Which is best for this project? • Ask The Experts - How closely are black sand and gold related? • Why Is The Gold On Bedrock—Or Why Is It Not? • Breaking Boulders With Explosives • Colorado to California for Gold • Historic Dredge Uncovered in North Carolina • Setting Up A Placer Operation • Grizzly Flats, California—Another Mother Lode Gold Rush Town • Drywashing Without A Drywasher • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices