Montana’s Rosetta Stone: Discovering Mines In The Treasure State
May 2015 by Don MadoreThis is the intelligent way to start modern prospecting. The value of literary research yields challenging outings, specimens, history and geologic research.
Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.
The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
Augers can be used effectively for placer exploration with certain limitations.
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
This fine gold that is so common is probably the most notorious for eluding our riffles and mattings.
Explosives used correctly will save you both time and money being one of the best and most productive tools you can use.
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