Romancing the Lens
July 2014 by Robert Flounders...a large number of these aspiring miners developing their operations seemed to have missed "Placer Mining 101" somewhere along the way.
That prospecting effort you are about to spend your time on...is it worth your effort? If you are going to devote your time to it, you will need all the facts you can get.
The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me.
I am going to break bedrock down a bit and explain my view of the varying scenarios I come across in the field.
Excited for this first notable evidence, I returned to that riverbed, looking for another paystreak and obviously more jade.
Even with my favorite top-of-the-line gold detector there were several false digs. Many of the hot rocks gave a solid signal that was too much like a nugget to ignore. After trying several tests I just dug everything because it is better to be safe than leave a big, deep nugget for a more diligent gold hunter.
I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.
To add to the confusion, the dam wasn’t holding back a large amount of water. It was full of gravels and had a small creek running through it. I had to know more.
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