Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part I
March 1999 by Wally MierasOn a beautiful day in 1971, my wife and I were scratching around some old miner's camp when I dug up a metal gold pan and thought I would try my hand at panning for gold. (mistake #1)
I hope long-term readers would agree that while your columnist does occasionally carry some arguments to an extreme length, I usually stay within the bounds of reason. I am pointing this out because I was struck by an economic vision a few days ago that could test those bounds.
...this time of year the days are short, the temperatures cold and the weather reliably poor. That’s why the middle of winter is the best time for me to be doing research to find new gold deposits and places to explore after the weather warms and...
Q: Can a voltmeter be used to determine the type of metal/mineral present in soil?
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I could see lots of quartz, both loose on the hillsides and in the numerous small prospect diggings. There was a small gold rush here more than a century ago.
I finally got out recently for my first full, long weekend prospecting trip of the year. Normally I would have been out much sooner, but we had a real late spring in the Sierra Nevada this year with lots of late rain and snow continuing through all...
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