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Mother Lode Leaf Gold

After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.

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The Mineral Range Districts of Utah


Most of the commercial mineral deposits are on the south and southwest part of the range between Minersville and Milford, though small amounts of gold and silver have also been found in iron-rich outcrops in the basalt to the south of Milford.

Tips for Detecting Nugget Patches


Certainly many other successful nugget hunters have mentioned these methods; hopefully I can add to or clarify these methods.

Pros and Cons of Big Detector Coils


Years later I returned with a new detector with a smaller coil and detector technology more sensitive to smaller nuggets. I found my first nugget within five minutes. I had a second five minutes after that.

Reminder: Annual Claim Filings Due


Please note that new mining claims filed on or after September 1, 2019, will be subject to the new fee schedule.

Detecting Strategies for Heavily Forested Areas


Looking for nugget laden bedrock in forested mountain regions, you first need to explore the banks of the gold-bearing streams and look for the bedrock that is exposed as this is your starting point.

Volume is the Key to Success


While recovery rates are important, they must necessarily be secondary to the volume of material processed. Running more material at lower recovery rates is generally preferable to increasing the efficiency of the system.

What Have You Got to Lose?


It’s accepted knowledge that wet methods will recover more fine gold than dry methods and processing the gravel as a whole will get more gold than only using a metal detector. The question is how much more?

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