Old Mine Sites and New Technology
September 2018 by Jack Geck
We’ve had two trips to the deserts of Nevada and explored mines and mill sites, hiked miles of ravines in California, and swung our detector coils over thousands of square yards of bedrock.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
The first thing I realized was this was not a toy—this thing had power and I needed to really pay attention. I got into position, took a deep breath, and pushed that monster into the hard pack.
The story began in a southern Arizona mountain range...
Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.
I have found gold more than 200 feet above the river. It was not unusual for nuggets of an ounce or more to be found in these deposits, but fine gold and flakes are much more common.
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