Open Letter to the BLM
May 1999 by Guest Writerfrom H. Mason Coggin, PE & LS
The one he’s rolling around in his fingers is nice—5.23 carats, nearly the size of a marble, pure and white. But the diamond that Alphonse Ngoyi Kasanji is talking about is the big one—the one that got taken away.
Many of you have read recent articles that include pictures of some of the nice nuggets that have come out of this area. I’m going to talk very briefly about a few of my friends and some of the nuggets they have been taking out of this area…
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.
Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!
Since 1906, when the McLeod brothers’ skeletal remains were first found tied to trees with missing heads, prospectors have been going into the Nahanni in search of elusive gold. A lot of those who lust for Nahanni gold have never been heard of or seen again.
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