Placers Directly Associated with Lode Deposits
October 2017 by Alex Dolbeare
Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.
Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.
The old timers typically washed these areas down to bedrock, and some areas appear terraced. I would imagine this is because these hydraulic mines were generally where the miners found old Tertiary river channels on the sides of mountains that were gold-bearing.
We just completed a trip to another river, and yes, there was definite movement and redistribution of gravels, and other prospectors have seen this as well.
The only thing that saved me was talking to a local miner who gave me a “heads up” that private individuals owned all the mineral rights in that section.
...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.
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