October 2017 by Dave Taylor
Within this area, about two million ounces of gold and fifty million ounces of silver have been mined. Faults, dikes, veins and fissures that carry the ore form a concentric radial pattern—like spokes on a wagon wheel—around the caldera core.
Once a seam is found it can be traced for miles in either direction. While you are tracing a clay line, you are looking for indicators. The indicators that I look for are ironstone, hematite, different color clays intermingled with the clay line, and a very iron-rich, brown gritty soil.
When detecting an area that has been cleaned to bedrock and you have new trees growing, always make sure you get your coil as close as possible to the tree. Why?
Looking for nugget laden bedrock in forested mountain regions, you first need to explore the banks of the gold-bearing streams and look for the bedrock that is exposed as this is your starting point.
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
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