Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World
August 2012 by Chris RalphWith the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.
Q: Will my detector react to fine gold?
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
We descended hunched over, down a long, steep, wooden staircase to the 1,000-level.
Nuggets make for the best memories and this patch was just adding to mine. In the hours of daylight I had left, I worked from that nugget to the bottom of the patch, collecting eight more nuggets.
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It is not necessary to have a PhD in geology, but you need to know the basics, so that’s what I am going to try to dig into here—the understandable basics of these gigantic gold deposits.
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