Proper Spacing of Placer Sample Sites
September 2013 by Jim HalloranThe zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
Maybe we could find a few pieces of ore from that tunnel? It was worth a try. The old timers didn’t have that stamp mill for looks, so we set off to get some samples.
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
I got a signal but knew it was small. Still, I was very happy to find something. I continued and got another signal. Yes! A bigger nugget! Then I got another signal.
Once across, I panned a couple of spots around some old grass roots and the fine gold was amazingly heavy. Every pan I ran after that had lots of color.
I’d like to offer some practical comments about staking and maintaining mining claims. Owning your own claim is the dream of many prospectors. I’ve made good money off my mining claims, both from the minerals I have found on them as well as from leasing out some of my claims to larger mining and exploration companies.
One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
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