Picks & Pans: All That Glitters Pans Out Well!
August 2001 by Mary-Anne SmithArmed with my heavy bucket of gravel and, most importantly, my gold pan, I anxiously waded knee-deep into the mucky water. At the ready, the swish-swash splish-splash was all I heard as I hurriedly shook my gold pan, turfing out all the bigger bits of rock and clumps of mud. My clean clothes and even my face were soon splattered with mud in my race to pan as much gold in 20 minutes as my spindly arms would allow!
The Forest Service recently announced a new area set aside for recreational gold panning on the South Yuba River, east of Nevada City.
Just simply crushing up all your specimens for their gold content may be a serious waste of potential cash.
This missive is making the rounds on the Internet. Author unknown, but must be a miner, builder, or lumber worker...
“We feel that we can clean up an area that has been abandoned after 100 years of mining,” Lyon said.
Q: ...A number of scientific studies have been done that concluded our level of dredging is “not” harmful to fish or habitat. I suggest that the Mining Journal list some of these specific studies with brief summaries and conclusions.
These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
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