Potholes and Other Bedrock Traps
September 2012 by Jim HalloranPotholes in bedrock can trap placer minerals and even be glory holes. They are, at least, interesting geologic phenomena, and at best, a treasure trove of gold nuggets.
This is the story of a nugget patch I’ve been working on that is a bit unusual. I won’t be telling you where it is located, but I will tell you how I found it and how I’ve worked it.
Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?
If you have a bad case of gold fever like me, then it’s nice to know that you can get some of that pretty yellow metal almost any time of the year, wet or dry.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
As we walked back we were just reaching the point of where the faulting should be and there, covered with deep grass, was very faint evidence of an old road going up the mountainside! What was that old road doing there?
These gritty clay lines were only a quarter of an inch up to three inches wide. Once the line had been laid out, they would look at the wall of gritty clay material and seek more indicators.
Filing claims is actually quite easy, though there are a number of pitfalls that you should watch out for. Over the years, I have made just about every mistake you can with a mining claim, and have learned a few things to watch out for along the way.
The Bawl Mill • Cold Alaskan Gold—Part I • Wild and Scenic River Prospecting—North Fork of the American River • Detecting for Gold—Finding Nuggets Where You Least Expect Them • Financing by the Crowd • Wealth Beyond Your Wildest Imagination • Gold Too Big to Carry • The World of the Simple Gold Pan • New Silver and Zinc Mine Slated for Montana • Eastern Oregon Mine Seeks Permits • Mining Returns to Historic Comstock • BLM Issues Environmental Review of Wyoming Uranium Mine • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices