Recent Prospecting in Plumas County
November 2010 by Chris RalphPlumas has been historically rich in gold because of its favorable geology. The Melones Fault trends north-south through the county and many rich gold-bearing districts lie along its course.
Lots of prospectors are trying out nugget detecting for the first time and finding out that it isn’t all that easy. In fact, in my opinion, metal detecting for nuggets is perhaps the most difficult form of prospecting that one can take on.
The story began in a southern Arizona mountain range...
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
The mine site consists of river gravels from an ancient channel covering over 20 acres, and the place is covered with very large river rock and small tree overgrowth.
...it’s been a little known secret that one man was involved in designing many of the most respected very low frequency (VLF) nugget detectors on the market. Dave Johnson has designed gold-oriented detectors for Tesoro, Whites, Fisher and others for more than 25 years.
I had my heart set on finding a large nugget on this trip, and it seemed to me that pounding known patches was not likely to turn up a monster. Inevitably I would spend at least half my day wandering off...
The Bawl Mill • Legislative and Regulatory Update • The Jenkins Mine Project, Conclusion—Recovery Operations & Summary • Gold of Plumas County • Prospecting for Nickel Deposits • Detecting My Way Across Australia—Pt II • Detectors Versus Pans • Check The Box For Tax Savings • Mining Stock Quotes & Mineral and Metal Prices