Modesto, California Man Finds 18-Ounce Nugget
October 2016 by Scott HarnOscar Espinoza considers himself an amateur gold prospector, but the gold nugget he recently found puts many seasoned prospectors to shame.
Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
A while back I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous gold mines in all of California, the Original Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
One of the most memorable nuggets I found in Australia was detected on the very last day that I was out prospecting. I was going along swinging my coil and I came across a blaring loud signal that almost blew my ears off.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...
I get a lot of questions from prospectors about garnets, their value and what they tell us about the geology of some types of mineral deposits. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at the lowly garnet and learn a bit more about it.
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