Prospecting for Surface Flood Gold Placers on Low and Intermediate Gradient Streams
February 2015 by Alex DolbeareSample panning is a very important method used to find the richest parts of a flood gold deposit before setting up equipment and running material.
Not too far from the pine-filled mountains, a young boy was exploring along Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, one fine day in 1799. He discovered a beautiful rock that he took home and put to good use as a doorstop. Shortly thereafter, a jeweler stopped by to visit his folks, and as it turned out, the new doorstop was actually a 17-pound gold nugget. That nugget truly did open a door as it marked the beginning of the first gold rush in America.
What are the tell signs of garnet deposits?
Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
I love to see old-timer workings while I am out detecting for gold. For one thing, it assures me that gold came from there. Second, it tells me gold should almost certainly still be there.
In some areas these channels were thousands of feet wide, and just figuring out where you are in some of these diggings is a challenge.
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.
While none of the historical mining camps are active, the area is still a hub of activity for the modern prospector, and claims still blanket the hills and gulches.
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