Mojave Desert Placer Mining
March 2002 by Frank Lorey IIISeveral locations in the Mojave Desert region of California have yielded placer gold, apparently scattered from nearby lode deposits that have long-since eroded from existence. Some of the areas are still popular with weekend prospectors, and some have been worked on a much larger scale in recent years.
Every prospector has streaks of bum luck—times when you can’t seem to find much, if anything. This is less true for folks who dry wash or dredge, but electronic prospecting and detecting is especially prone to dry streaks. It’s just the nature of the beast.
The Dale Mining district is located in the Pinto Mountains, 18 to 25 miles east and southeast of Twentynine Palms, by way of the Twentynine Palms highway and the unpaved Gold Crown road.
In digging the gravel, I found there were three flood layers present that were not there last winter, with about a foot of sand on top of the gravel. This was followed by eight inches or so of small rock and lots of broken granite material...
Selected excerpt from USDA Forest Service Technical Report:
Anatomy of a Mine from Prospect to Production
It was early in the 2008 season on the Mokelumne River near Pine Grove, California. Considering the potential for high water through the month of June, my wife Fran and I set our sights on investigating some of the pot holes in...
At the end of the day, Jerry showed me how to clean out the sluice box and then how to pan out the concentrates. As we finished panning, there it was—a little tiny smile of gold...
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