Prospecting Old Mine Dumps With A Drone
November 2020 by Matteo Oberto
Due to the lockdown, I spent lots of time indoors this spring and I decided to add a drone as a faithful mate in my research.
This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.
As a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, I’m not allowed to talk about specifics in the court-ordered negotiations currently underway in San Bernardino. However, I do want to let you know we are making progress…
Old tailing piles extend for miles. There was still plenty of water flowing here, so WPA members set up highbankers at several settling ponds.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
…whichever layer I’m getting the best gold, I’ll work that stratum. Some of the best gold in the desert is not always on the bedrock.
I began detecting at the bottom of the gully and started making my way upstream. About mid-way there was a nice, flat stretch for about ten feet.
...this contradicts the fact that mining claimants are considered landowners with exclusive rights to possess and use that claim, and miners have “riparian rights” on mining claims that do not require permitting.
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