Prospecting for Pegmatites
July 2015 by Chris Ralph
Patience and persistence is the name of the game when you are detecting this way for gold, as you will have to do a lot of work preparing the ground to detect with any degree of success.
The pit was a classic one—exposed shale bedrock with all the material being washed out one end of the pit. Within a few minutes I had a nice mellow signal that was in open ground.
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Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
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