Reading A River: Understanding Erosion and Gold
December 2020 by Chris Ralph
Rivers are not just random and accidental; streams and other drainages are what they are because of the forces of erosion acting on the bedrock.
Keeping in mind how the local topography affects where gold has been deposited can help you find more gold, and is certainly something the prospector needs to keep in mind.
Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.
There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.
Once across, I panned a couple of spots around some old grass roots and the fine gold was amazingly heavy. Every pan I ran after that had lots of color.
The first thing a person should do is seriously consider whether they want to go mining as a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of the choice.
...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.
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