Prospecting & Detecting
Overcoming Repeated Skunks
March 2022 by Reese Townes
When hunting for nuggets does not yield any gold for a couple days, it can get pretty frustrating. But it turns into serious mental anguish when it stretches into weeks or months.
Summertime Gold Panning
I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.
Sharing Gold Fever with a Friend
While sitting there, I wondered if I should go over the hole again. I did and got a louder signal that turned out being about another twelve inches deep.
Salted Mining Properties—How to Properly Evaluate a Claim
Sometimes there are good mining claims on the market available to purchase, but there are also folks out there who are willing to take your money under false pretenses. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that these wolves in sheep’s clothing are few and far between.
Revisiting the Rocker Box
The first location we worked was a small, dry ravine cutting through many mineralized zones in an area where some hard rock mining had taken place in the past.
SS Central America Gives Up Millions in Gold Rush Era Gold
A treasure-seeking young man whose name will forever remain anonymous made the months-long journey either over land or by sailing ship to California after word spread about the gold strike in 1849.
Crystallized Gold Mines of California
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
Grizzly Flats, California—Another Mother Lode Gold Rush Town
We chatted for a bit and then we had to take off, but I kept what he said in the back of my mind as we rushed out to some other gold-bearing place in the Mother Lode to feed our gold fever.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - My detector only finds bullets • Ask The Experts - Any tips on finding gold in Colorado? • Ask The Experts - Should I be seeing black sands in the tailings of my sluice box? • Ask The Experts - How do I sell my gold? • Ask The Experts - Is Welsh gold more valuable? • Finding Gold With A Simple Sluice Box • Detecting A Trashy Area • Winter Prospecting • Are You Being Followed? • Critical Minerals Update • Butte County: Another Mother Lode Favorite • Welcome to Nothing • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices
Legislative and Regulatory Update • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Golden Memories • Crisson Gold Mine Robbed At Gunpoint