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Recovering Fine Gold with Oleophilic Adhesion

Oleophilic means "affinity to or attracted to oils," and this includes gold an diamonds.

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Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II


How many more clays seams lie adjacent to known shear zones and quartz veins in the pocket areas of southwestern Oregon?

The Hunch


The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here,  meaning no bold, favorable indicators.

Chasing Float Gold—The Starry Night Wash


The sun was beginning to set, which put the light at just the right angle against the hillsides to where I believed that I spotted a very small dig and tailings pile up the hill near the top of the second wash.

Summertime Gold Panning


I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.

More on Detecting Pocket Gold


What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.

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