Prospecting the Easy Way
August 2022 by R. V. Larson
And what do I think is the easy way? It’s what you can learn from the old timers that walked that ground many years ago.
Within a very few minutes, I had my first nice sounding target. It turned out to be a nice earring-size gold piece that was about a half a gram.
The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
In Chicken I had my first experience with the famous Alaska blue clay, sometimes called the blue layer. The blue layer is where the best fine gold was to be found.
Ray followed up by detecting the same area and I was happy to see that he did not find any good targets in the same line. So far so good.
Gold specimens that include visible crystal formations are among the rarest, most attractive and most valuable forms of gold to be found.
“Just feel the heft of it!” Those were the words that lit the fire that created a prospector. Before I tell you what took place, I have a desire to tell you when and where it took place.
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