Prospecting Theory: Refine Your Search For The Best Gold
April 2023 by Cal Kellogg
As a gold prospector for the past ten years, I thought that I had a fair understanding of the steps necessary to find gemstones.
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.
Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.
They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
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.
There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.