Picks & Pans: Dredging on the Arkansas
February 2001 by Leonard LeeperI had been looking forward to this trip since last year when the annual trip had rewarded me with a ¾-pennyweight nugget.
The 760-mile-Iong Baja California peninsula, in Mexico, separates the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) from the Pacific Ocean. Most of the peninsula is a desert where the traveler can find some of the weirdest plants on Earth...
Since 1906, when the McLeod brothers’ skeletal remains were first found tied to trees with missing heads, prospectors have been going into the Nahanni in search of elusive gold. A lot of those who lust for Nahanni gold have never been heard of or seen again.
There’s gold in that thar sea floor. Silver, copper, zinc and lead, too. The problem is, it’s a mile or two underwater and encased in massive mineral deposits that layer a dark, mysterious world.
I had my heart set on finding a large nugget on this trip, and it seemed to me that pounding known patches was not likely to turn up a monster. Inevitably I would spend at least half my day wandering off...
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