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Prospecting After Winter Storms

So, how much rain does it take to cause a major movement of gravels in a stream and redistribute the gold? The technical answer is enough water to move the bed load of the river.

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Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part III


The amount of gold in the traces from the low-grade scattered veinlets may be much more than the traces from the small but rich pocket, at least until the pocket hunter closes in on the rich pocket. Further confusion arises if the prospector stumbles across a placer deposit on one of the higher peaks.

Preparing For The 2021 Mining Season


On my final prospecting day of 2020, I went up to a spot where I had found gold years before and had my best day of  the year—four nuggets for nearly one-quarter-ounce of gold.

Sulfides and Intergrain Gold Wire Nuggets


...these nuggets have not traveled far from the lode because the golden wire lattices would have been torn apart or flattened during weathering of rock and deposition by violent stream action.

Moore Creek, Alaska—Then and Now


The gold was very chunky and much of it had quartz attached. Even back then I knew that the gold was very close to its source.

Pot Hole Gold


It was early in the 2008 season on the Mokelumne River near Pine Grove, California. Considering the potential for high water through the month of June, my wife Fran and I set our sights on investigating some of the pot holes in...

Arizona's Youngest...and Oldest Prospector


I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.

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