Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II
March 2011 by Tom BohmkerHow many more clays seams lie adjacent to known shear zones and quartz veins in the pocket areas of southwestern Oregon?
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
When it was all setup and running, you had everything coming off the dredge riffles into the boil box. At the hole section, some of the water got sucked down and pulled a lot of black sand and over heavies…
…it was immediately evident the previous owner had not been using a detector. During just a few months of working the dumps part-time, he recovered gold in quartz specimens valued in excess of $40,000.
After getting all the gear together we headed up the old road that led us to an old ground sluice site. George and Kaleb were using lightweight VLF (very low frequency) detectors. I carried a newer technology unit that is just a tad coil-heavy in the front.
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
Of course, I know a bit about crevicing, but Steve seems to really have a knack for it, and I’m all about continual learning. I can always learn a few tricks from the pros.
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