Picking Our Way Through Bedrock
December 2015 by Ray MillsOnce again the coil was put over the spot but the target was in the pile now. I pinpointed, grabbed a handful of dirt and began sprinkling it over the coil until I heard that mild thud.
The lesson of keeping one’s eyes open to other possibilities is one of the great secrets of successful prospecting. Prospectors need to always be on the lookout for opportunities.
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
In this continuation of the Midwest gold series we are going to take a look at the states of Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, look at possible locations within these states to find gold and talk about areas where gold has been found in the past.
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
Fran, and I had made a practice of turning big boulders in gold producing areas to find some great rewards. Sometimes it was slow and frustrating, but in the end “We got the gold!”
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
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