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.
Due to the lockdown, I spent lots of time indoors this spring and I decided to add a drone as a faithful mate in my research.
Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.
Science has shown, over the past few centuries, that there is a direct correlation between certain plants and their geophysical surroundings.
My hunch was that the gold is coming down the apron, falling off to both sides and into both gulches. I say that because the gold we found previously has the same characteristics and color across the entire area.
It was round and I thought it was a dirty piece of lead shot, but after feeling the weight and giving it a spit-cleaning I knew I had one! Small as the nugget was, I felt happy and gratified for my little success
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
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