Out of the Ashes—New Access to Gold
November 2018 by Ray Mills
As I arrived at my detecting location, I got all my gear and headed up the trail. I had to stop and take in the devastation all around me.
I worked my way to a flat area along a ridge where I could see a quartz blowout. As I got within 100 feet of it, I started seeing rock that I knew to be associated with gold.
This is the story of a nugget patch I’ve been working on that is a bit unusual. I won’t be telling you where it is located, but I will tell you how I found it and how I’ve worked it.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
In my early days of nugget hunting things were fairly simple. Just headphones, a pack, a detector and a small pick were all I needed for my search for great wealth.
Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
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