Picks & Pans: The Discovery Gulch Diggings
June 2000 by Ron WendtCold, clear water flowed around my neck as I sat in a water hole on Discovery Gulch in Interior Alaska. I squinted up at the hot interior sun, as it seemed to be trying to mock me, frying me in it's 88 degree rays.
Our initial thought is simply this: why create these artificial currencies, unbacked by any material wealth, when the two items that worked so well century after century—namely gold and silver—are still fully available?
When working fine gold placers with a drywasher, there are some natural variables that can be beneficial as well as others that can be a hindrance to achieving good recovery.
• Wheaton River Minerals
• Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp.
• Iamgold Corp.
• Golden Star Resources
• China Minmetals Corp.
• Noranda Inc.
• Golden Eagle International, Inc.
• Clifton Mining Company
• Nord Resources Corp.
After cleaning the bedrock I figured it was time for a little peak at the upper mat. We lifted the black rubber flap up and there was gold everywhere.
Modern-day placer miners have many advantages over the prospectors of the gold rush days. Our prospectors can reap many benefits from accumulated knowledge of the last 100 to 150 years, which is a long and impressive list.
Once again, the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources (ADMMR) is being threatened with elimination.
Maguire and the traders and companies they represent were all aware of the price manipulation and were all profiting from it, but it became such a regular occurrence that his conscience told him it was time to put a stop to it. That’s when he contacted the CFTC.
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