Prospecting Hard Rock
March 2014 by Don RobinsonWe panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
...I got the faintest of rises in the threshold. It was hardly a signal at all, and I thought it was one of the many, deep, hot rocks in the area.
After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.
I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…
Using a snuffer bottle to pick it out of the pan, he continued his panning efforts. He continued to find more yellowish stuff, but it wasn’t shiny like he thought gold should look.
We are both very experienced working this type of ground, and we quickly found the pay layer where we would focus our efforts. The bedrock has good gold, but so does the red hard pan.
After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.
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