Sixteen to One Gold Mine: Going Underground - Pt II
February 2020 by David Hughes
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
...I got the faintest of rises in the threshold. It was hardly a signal at all, and I thought it was one of the many, deep, hot rocks in the area.
Potholes in bedrock can trap placer minerals and even be glory holes. They are, at least, interesting geologic phenomena, and at best, a treasure trove of gold nuggets.
Maybe we could find a few pieces of ore from that tunnel? It was worth a try. The old timers didn’t have that stamp mill for looks, so we set off to get some samples.
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
To get to the gold, the miners had to remove the shale pieces and stack them on the sides while sluicing the remaining material through their boxes.
I had two of the guys go down into the creek and each one picked out a small island of bedrock. I had them detect their piece of bedrock and then gave a critique to all on how they did.
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