Revisiting The Old Mini Patch
April 2019 by Michael Greyshock
Today, the greatest gold rushes occur due to technological advances capable of discovering gold where it once was extremely unlikely or difficult.
We chose this particular area because an old channel had run here at one point and had been heavily worked on top of a mountain hilltop. Erosion patterns cut deeply on each side, leaving the channel exposed. The erosion cut sharply, dropping into ravines far below.
These three simple upgrades, when taken together, will considerably increase a pocket plunger’s magnetic pull and make it less susceptible to breakage.
I have been detecting the area on and off since I discovered it. Every time I bought a new detector it was the first place I went to.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
So, how much rain does it take to cause a major movement of gravels in a stream and redistribute the gold? The technical answer is enough water to move the bed load of the river.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
One of the most memorable nuggets I found in Australia was detected on the very last day that I was out prospecting. I was going along swinging my coil and I came across a blaring loud signal that almost blew my ears off.
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