Prospecting With a Detector: Lessons Learned
November 2012 by Fred MasonThat is the course and intention for this article—to wander through some of the lessons I have learned in my thirty-two years of metal detecting and prospecting.
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
After a short time, the tailings pile can get very large, and can actually block the downstream end of the sluice box.
From this I inferred that engine 2 had a carburetor problem. In this article, I discuss the specific engine/carburetor problem, and the surprising solution to this problem.
On my weekends off I spent many hours dredging the Second Broad River from Cane Creek Road up to the headwaters. I used a three-inch dredge with air and graduated to a five-inch with air.
My first day using my pinpointer I detected an area where the fellas’ big guns had swooped in and cleaned up all the “big gold” and I got over sixty tiny pieces of gold.
So, I took the plunge. I decided on the maximum I would pay for the claim, then placed my bid. A day later I received a congratulations e-mail that I was the high bidder, and oh, by the way, send us your money.
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
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