Prospecting for Pegmatites
July 2015 by Chris Ralph
I cleared the connector by poking a small Phillips screwdriver through it. To ensure the bore was clean, I dunked the connector into some water and then blew it clean with my shop air compressor.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
I had some success following this premise this summer, finding a few nuggets in places I think I overlooked in the past.
This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.
The largest and most perfect single gold crystals are nearly always in the form of octahedra. These large octahedral crystals often possess deeply recessed faces.
Unfortunately, not all the gold that we prospectors find is pretty, or appealing to the eyes. They are not all nice, bright, shiny nuggets with lots of character that carry high collector value.
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