Sampling Placer Stockpiles
August 2013 by Jim HalloranSampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
The fine art of panning heavy sands requires a measure of patience. If you enjoy panning gold, you ought to enjoy this too, once you get the hang of it.
Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.
Right away I got a target, and it ended up being gold from a nice little bench. With only an hour left of daylight, I continued heading upstream and found five more tiny pieces of gold with my VLF…
When doing your initial armchair research and selecting potential areas to explore, consider all the indicators, both natural and man-made.
Each day for the first part of the week my boys and I picked and chipped away at that wall, stockpiling dirt in 5-gallon buckets and cement mixing tubs.
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
This is the story of a nugget patch I’ve been working on that is a bit unusual. I won’t be telling you where it is located, but I will tell you how I found it and how I’ve worked it.
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