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.
...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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• Miners referring to their activity as “recreational”
A very good baseball hitter might get a hit roughly one time out of every three at-bats, but for prospectors often the results are much sparser and it may take many trips before the prospector hits a home run.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.
My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.
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