Prospecting & Detecting
Seven Important Attitudes for the Successful Prospector
November 2021 by Chris Ralph
What makes the difference between successful prospectors and those who struggle? It just seems like there are some guys who stumble on gold no matter what they do. Are they just lucky?
Colorado to California for Gold
The total after a great day added with the previous days put them up to 9.07 pennyweight—just under a one-half ounce of beautiful California gold.
My Lucky Month of March
My wife Maureen and I spend part of our winter season in the Quartzsite, Arizona area. One fine March morning, we left our RV camping area at approximately 10am in search of that elusive yellow metal with our metal detectors.
Plotting and Persistence Lead to Big Gold
When he got home that night, he looked at the plotted points of gold and trash he had dug and saw that there was a distinct line where the gold nuggets were being found.
Decoding Dredge Capacity
Some typical questions that you might consider asking yourself about purchasing a dredge might be…
Selectable Frequency vs Multi Frequency Detectors
I like to think in terms of “conductive mass” because it is a combination of both the conductivity of the metal and the size of the target that determine how a detector sees conductivity.
Just because we have snow doesn’t mean we’re not going to prospect, we just have to change our direction and head more down towards the flat lands.
Revisiting the Rocker Box
The first location we worked was a small, dry ravine cutting through many mineralized zones in an area where some hard rock mining had taken place in the past.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - What is “flotation” and what type of assay do I need? • Ask The Experts - Easier way to break down compacted clays? • Ask The Experts - Where can I get geological maps? • Ask The Experts - Is there gold under the old cobble piles? • Ask The Experts - Can you help me understand the gold deposition in this area of Wyoming? • Building A Portable Gold Mill • Cherry-Picking for Gold Nuggets • Using A Blasting Machine in Rock Breaking • Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tangling With A Desert Monster • Another Prospecting Adventure: Coulterville • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices