Secrets of Successful Prospecting
April 2019 by Chris Ralph
Winter is the time for research, and if you haven’t already done some research to find new places to prospect, now is the time to cram in some last minute research before the good weather arrives.
• Making a noisy dredge more quiet
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
There are many smaller old hard rock mines out there—more than you might think. There are some small hard rock properties that are even open to be claimed if one does the right amount of research to find them.
Normally we do not cover gem and mineral shows, but this one is a little different. The Tucson (Arizona) Gem and Mineral show is the sales source for so many small mining operations, I felt I had to address this show and its possibilities for the small miner.
After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.
It took me awhile before I finally got a nice mellow signal. My nugget turned out to weigh in about two dwt (pennyweight). Over the next few hours, we all picked up a few more nuggets apiece.
In Chicken I had my first experience with the famous Alaska blue clay, sometimes called the blue layer. The blue layer is where the best fine gold was to be found.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Ask The Experts - Is there a Forest Service camping limit for mining claims? • Ask The Experts - Should I be focusing on uranium and thorium? • Ask The Experts - What is this sample worth? • Ask The Experts - Need help finding production records • How To File A Mining Claim • Back to Basics--Finding Gold With a Pan and a Sluice • Persistence Leads to Over a Pound of Gold • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Superbowl Nugget • Revisiting The Old Mini Patch • Preserving the True History of the Ivanhoe • Carr Fire Gold • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices