Placer Gold in New Mexico
February 2002 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDNew Mexico is not especially known for placer gold, although significant quantities have been recovered from certain districts. There are good opportunities for finding additional gold in favorable areas in the state.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
The gold miner held out his hand and showed me a sixteen-ounce gold nugget, slightly coarse in texture, and resembling a biscuit. I shook my head in amazement as he pointed out the exact location of his lucky find.
“Metal detecting is not a social function.” So said a good friend of mine. And it’s true. But that’s not to say the benefits of having a prospecting partner don’t outweigh those of being alone.
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Excerpts from CMJ, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
We started planning for this trip last year, after we left Ganes Creek, Alaska, and headed back to civilization. I found 4.75 ounces of very nice nuggets and the group had a total of 47.47 ounces for the week.
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