Picks & Pans: Perseverance Pays Off
September 2005 by Chris RalphTony Kelly and Ken Laster have dredged for gold in the Motherlode area for a number of years, and they decided to team up in 2004 and work together with Ken’s new 4-inch dredge.
Budgetary deficits can be reversed by a combination of only two factors; increasing revenues and decreasing expenditures, and we would prefer a combination of both factors occurring simultaneously. Unfortunately, it appears to us that President Obama failed to respond to such simple considerations.
Lately my mind has been involved with group 4 of the transition elements, namely titanium, zirconium, and hafnium. They all have similar chemical properties. Of greatest interest to economic geologists and miners is that these valuable elements often occur together in sands.
If the material drops down out of the hopper too fast, it can overwhelm the riffles and you can blow the gold right out. If it runs too slowly, the riffles can clog up and the process is too slow.
I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.
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