Nice Specimen Gold Recovered in Northern California
September 2017 by Scott Harn
Each specimen is carefully examined to determine if it would be beneficial or not to use an acid treatment to reveal more of the gold.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
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.
I figure there are a lot of new people out there who have the same question. I will try to give some answers that hopefully will give you more confidence in finding your own spots.
As the ground thaws and dries out and the warmth of spring starts to settle in, it’s time to start afresh with a new prospecting season.
...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.
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